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Neutron tracks revive hopes for cold fusion

Thu, 03/26/2009 - 5:36am

Editor's Note: Cold Fusioin made a big brouhaha a few years back, and many thought the tech was dismissed summarily while others thought Pons and Fleischmann were mountebanks and charlatans. If this does turn out to be a viable tech, who's fault is it that it has been delayed several years in development due to the controversy? Is it even worth pointing fingers? Do you think this news represents a second chance for "Cold Fusion", or is it just another flash-in-the-pan? (Pun intended.)

(From NewScientist.com) - Twenty years to the day that two electrochemists ignited controversy by announcing signs of cold fusion at an infamous press conference in Utah (watch a video of the 1989 event), a separate team has made a similar claim in the same US state. But this time, the evidence is being taken more seriously. Now Pamela Mosier-Boss and colleagues at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) in San Diego, California, are claiming to have made a "significant" discovery – clear evidence of the products of cold fusion.

On 23 March, the team presented its work at the American Chemical Society's spring conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, a few months after the study was published in a peer-reviewed journal (Naturwissenschaft, DOI: 10.1007/s00114-008-0449-x).

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