Eliezer S. Yudkowsky [firstname.lastname@example.org] wrote:
>Now _this_ is something I dealt with last time. If you take a lot of
>lasers, maybe (for nanotech) a solid sphere-surface of hyperefficient
>quantum-well lasers, all pointing inward, you can zap a pellet of
>deuterium ond it will fuse. The last time I suggested it on the group,
>someone else wrote back that I'd disclosed something he was going to patent.
Does Usenet count for 'prior art'? There was a discussion of this idea there a few years ago... either rec.arts.sf.science or one of the nanotech groups, I think. I remember it because I was going to steal the idea to use in a short story, but never got around to writing more than an outline.