Innovative ideas from vastly different fields have often joined forces for the greater good. Da Vinci was at heart an engineer but is remembered for his art much more than his machines.
It was his love for the symmetry of mechanics that inspired his art however. When Bill Gates started Microsoft instead of hiring programmers he sought out people with advanced degrees in the sciences, physicists, chemists, mathematicians.
Now, a recent announcement from a small company named LPP Fusion however seems to have brought together two very different fields. The researchers at LPP are on the cutting edge of science and have appeared in a number of peer reviewed journals, most notably when they achieved a record breaking plasma temperature that was measured at 200 times hotter than the surface of the sun!
They have recently begun the search for a one-of-a-kind beryllium electrode that would allow them to test theories about the possibly of developing proton-boron fusion. Their work was reviewed here by a committee headed by Dr. Robert Hirsch if you can understand the physics involved.
But scientists in the real world must remember that research costs money.
The company is extremely confident that it will be able to conclusively demonstrate the break-even energy problem and, if Bitcoin is acknowledged as a contributor in this discovery, it could give Bitcoin’s image a huge boost from the scientific community.
LPP is not the first company to use this technique, however. Barrow Neurological Foundation recently received a substantial Bitcoin donation to fund its very important and groundbreaking memory research and another organization is sponsoring “Bitcup” during the World Cup in Brazil which is raising money to help local communities in the Third World.
This latest move could be seen as a ‘two birds with one stone’ scenario as Bitcoin funding of scientific research will not only promote cryptocurrencies in a new light but will also drive scientific progress and cement Bitcoin as an important crowdfunding tool.