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The Scandal of Cold Fusion

By xah in News
Sun Feb 20, 2000 at 02:43:56 PM EST
Tags: Technology (all tags)
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As the 20th Century's odyssey for a cheap and plentiful energy supply draws to an end without success, a Cal Tech scientist has produced a masterful and readable account of the events that led to cold fusion's villification in the scientific community, and of more recent experiments that show. . . well, something. The door is left open on whether the technology actually causes fusion and whether it will ever become a useful source of energy. In any event, the name at least will live on in the form of application server.


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The Scandal of Cold Fusion | 10 comments (10 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
I wish I had more scientific backgr... (none / 0) (#2)
by ramses0 on Sun Feb 20, 2000 at 03:42:24 PM EST

ramses0 voted 0 on this story.

I wish I had more scientific background to understand this.
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Yes. This is very interesting to me... (none / 0) (#1)
by rongen on Sun Feb 20, 2000 at 05:14:31 PM EST

rongen voted 1 on this story.

Yes. This is very interesting to me! (selfish moderatation!)
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Junk Science Wars!... (none / 0) (#3)
by Demona on Sun Feb 20, 2000 at 06:44:19 PM EST

Demona voted 1 on this story.

Junk Science Wars!

Intersting, but not very new: dated... (none / 0) (#5)
by grey on Sun Feb 20, 2000 at 08:53:39 PM EST

grey voted 1 on this story.

Intersting, but not very new: dated 4/5/94

An interesting article, but it was ... (none / 0) (#6)
by jwy on Sun Feb 20, 2000 at 09:49:04 PM EST

jwy voted 0 on this story.

An interesting article, but it was written 6 years ago.

I doubt that the petroleum industry... (none / 0) (#4)
by mr. creep on Sun Feb 20, 2000 at 10:43:07 PM EST

mr. creep voted 1 on this story.

I doubt that the petroleum industry will ever allow something like this to see the light of day, but it is cool to hear about it.
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Re: The Scandal of Cold Fusion (none / 0) (#7)
by renec on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 01:15:55 AM EST

This was a good article - Its nice to actually read something about cold fusion beyond 'its crap' without much more explanation. Very interesting.

Re: The Scandal of Cold Fusion (none / 0) (#8)
by derick on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 03:11:40 AM EST

I thought that the article was interesting, even though it has been around for a while.

Its always nice to see posts that relate to Caltech, it doesn't get nearly the air time that MIT does. (I'm a Caltech alum)

Re: The Scandal of Cold Fusion (none / 0) (#9)
by rongen on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 05:58:22 AM EST

The article IS old but the point the author makes is still valid: if Science wants to disprove Cold Fusion then they should allow the papers written by researchers in the field to be submitted to and evaluated in peer-reviewed journals. Simple denials of validity ("you're wrong, so there!") are not acceptable.

The history of Science is full of both crackpots AND people who have discovered something "impossible" that turns out to be true. It is worth looking into even if only to disprove it, but especially to explain all the anomalies being seen in the lab.
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Re: The Scandal of Cold Fusion (none / 0) (#10)
by Anonymous 242 on Mon Feb 21, 2000 at 05:13:26 PM EST

My first half way serious introduction was in a book entitled 'Yes, We Have No Neutrinos,' which was an excellent overview of junk science. The book covered the flaws in scientific method on both sides of the cold fusion debacle. I greatly enjoyed this article, even though it was a tad bit old. Does anyone know if there is any sort of update? From my reading it appears that there is pretty good evidence that some sort of phenomenon is taking place, whether it be cold fusion or not, I think it does merit further research.

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