The best reflectivity is fragile. A 10 W laser can burn a crater in a beautiful lab-grade mirror. (Flaw in the coating? minuscule deterioration? speck of dust?)
This can be translated into time instead. So if the laser damages the target in a microsecond, no coating will help. But if the beam has to be held on target for tens of seconds, some reflectivity will turn this into minutes and may make a difference.
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Any particular impenetrable paper may result from one of these causes or any combination.
It is fair to say that if an informed layperson (someone with an ongoing interest in the field, not a specialized degree) cannot get the gist of the argument, then the paper is poorly written and shouldn't have been published.
... then just use a simple text file. Come up with your own scheme for title, date and time and it will work. Either as single file with search, or with multiple files and grep(1).
And please make things easier on yourself by setting up commands to automate your own chosen format. I have simple commands for opening a file with today's date in the name, inserting date and time into the text of the file, generating numbered lines, and so on.
Autogenerating dates and times is particularly valuable in avoiding extremely costly mistakes.
(For me, this is aliasing "mylog" to something like emacs ~/Notes/`date +"%Y%m%d"`.txt)
When they were called on their fraud, they checked their research and confirmed they did find an thermal anomaly as predicted by Pons and Fleischmann.
Oh, you've been listening to Eugene Mallove. (Just checked Wikipedia and heard for the first time of his terrible murder, so I will limit what I say.)
Scientific laboratories are complicated places. If the people who were there say, "There is a blip in the data when we changed the settings on the something-or-other" and someone who wasn't there says "This published plot PROVES cold fusion occurred" the default should not be to believe the person who wasn't there.
The experiment is not proof that there is no cold fusion. It is proof that cold fusion is not a robust, easily obtainable effect that could be reproduced based on the information publicly available at the time.
Since then, there has been quite a bit of evidence collected that trying to design and construct a new machine with reactor-grade shielding on a shoestring budget is not something that can be accomplished quickly.
Save the whales. Collect the whole set.