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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cold fusion

Researchers at a US Navy laboratory have unveiled what they say is "significant" evidence of cold fusion, a potential energy source that has many skeptics in the scientific community.

The scientists on Monday described what they called the first clear visual evidence that low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR), or cold fusion devices can produce neutrons, subatomic particles that scientists say are indicative of nuclear reactions.

"Our finding is very significant," said analytical chemist Pamela Mosier-Boss of the US Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) in San Diego, California.

"To our knowledge, this is the first scientific report of the production of highly energetic neutrons from a LENR device," added the study's co-author in a statement.

The study's results were presented at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The city is also the site of an infamous presentation on cold fusion 20 years ago by Martin Fleishmann and Stanley Pons that sent shockwaves across the world.

Despite their claim to cold fusion discovery, the Fleishmann-Pons study soon fell into discredit after other researchers were unable to reproduce the results.

i clearly remember the hoo-ha surrounding the fleishmann-pons debacle from 20 years ago... i wasn't at all convinced that it was either a hoax or a failed experiment, but rather one more case of suppressed technology... interestingly enough, fleishmann and pons also announced their work in utah... let's see what comes out of utah THIS time...

from wikipedia...

Cold fusion (sometimes referred to as low-energy nuclear reaction - LENR – a branch of condensed-matter nuclear science), refers to a postulated nuclear fusion process of unknown mechanism offered to explain a group of disputed experimental results first reported by electrochemists Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons via a press conference.

Cold fusion, under this definition, was first announced in March 1989 when Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons reported producing nuclear fusion in a tabletop experiment involving electrolysis of heavy water on a palladium (Pd) electrode. They reported anomalous heat production ("excess heat") of a magnitude they asserted was clear evidence of nuclear processes. They further reported measuring small amounts of nuclear reaction byproducts, including neutrons and tritium. Much of this physical evidence was at a tiny scale and close to background levels.

These reports raised hopes of a cheap and abundant source of energy but efforts to reproduce their results at numerous other labs were not successful. There have been few mainstream reviews of the field since 1989. In 1989, the majority of a review panel organized by the US Department of Energy (DOE) had found that the evidence for the discovery of a new nuclear process was not persuasive. A second DOE review, convened in 2004 to look at new research, reached conclusions that were similar to those of the 1989 panel.

how very cool would this be if it's true...?

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