cold fusion in the news again.. and “experimentally confirmed”

Here we have cold fusion in the news yet again. It was first in the news in 1989 and people have been skeptical ever since. A few years ago another similar claim was put forth, except this time using magnets, by Steorn. We still have yet to see Steorn create any tools that create power. Supposedly in this new article scientists have recreated the cold fusion experiment and were able to create an accurate sensor. I’m of the opinion though until Steorn or these scientists developing cold fusion can produce a “theoretical rationale”, then it’s likely baloney. This excerpt is from another article on the same thing: “The problem with Mosier-Boss’ work, he said, is that it fails to provide a theoretical rationale to explain how fusion could occur at room temperatures. And in its analysis, the research paper fails to exclude other sources for the production of neutrons.” Read on…

The theoretical underpinnings of cold fusion have yet to be adequately explained. The hypothesis is that when electrolysis is performed on deuteron, molecules are fused into helium, releasing a high-energy neutron. While excess heat has been detected by researchers, no group had yet been able to detect the missing neutrons.

Now, the Naval researchers claim that the problem was instrumentation, which was not up to the task of detecting such small numbers of neutrons. To sense such small quantities, Mosier-Boss used a special plastic detector called CR-39. Using co-deposition with nickel and gold wire electrodes, which were inserted into a mixture of palladium chloride and deutrium, the detector was able to capture and track the high-energy neutrons.

The plastic detector captured a pattern of tiny clusters of adjacent pits, called triple tracks, which the researchers claim is evidence of the telltale neutrons.

via – Cold fusion experimentally confirmed.

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Scientists will ignite man-made star to help create energy

In the spring, a team will begin attempts to ignite a tiny man-made star inside a laboratory and trigger a thermonuclear reaction.

Its goal is to generate temperatures of more than 100 million degrees Celsius and pressures billions of times higher than those found anywhere else on earth, from a speck of fuel little bigger than a pinhead. If successful, the experiment will mark the first step towards building a practical nuclear fusion power station and a source of almost limitless energy.

This sound safe to anyone? I have a feeling this may be similar to the spooky communication between particles in that the properties can only be maintained while it’s something very small (or big in this case). But I guess we shall see.

via Scientists plan to ignite tiny man-made star – Telegraph.

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