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Old 01-24-2011, 06:37 AM   #1
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Cold Fusion? Again? Really?

In Italy?


http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-01-...ion-video.html

(PhysOrg.com) -- Few areas of science are more controversial than cold fusion, the hypothetical near-room-temperature reaction in which two smaller nuclei join together to form a single larger nucleus while releasing large amounts of energy. In the 1980s, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleishmann claimed to have demonstrated cold fusion - which could potentially provide the world with a cheap, clean energy source - but their experiment could not be reproduced. Since then, all other claims of cold fusion have been illegitimate, and studies have shown that cold fusion is theoretically implausible, causing mainstream science to become highly speculative of the field in general.......
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Old 01-24-2011, 06:49 AM   #2
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they plan to start shipping commercial devices within the next three months and start mass production by the end of 2011.
But isn't the end of the World due in October

It would be brilliant if it's not a hoax (checks date ....)
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Old 01-24-2011, 07:15 AM   #3
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It seems odd, after the mess the last time a press conference was called for cold fusion, that they have chosen to do it this way.

It might be that they have something. It's impossible to tell. I will be very surprised if it turns out to be a real effect.

But I would really like to be surprised...
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Old 01-24-2011, 07:19 AM   #4
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But isn't the end of the World due in October

It would be brilliant if it's not a hoax (checks date ....)

Oh Wait. I forgot about the end of the world thing!

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Old 01-24-2011, 02:54 PM   #5
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Oh Wait. I forgot about the end of the world thing!
The discovery of genuine cold fusion would be the end of the world. Post-scarcity makes a lot of capitalists nervous, and a bunch of smaller countries would go BOOM trying to replicate it themselves.

The search would be more productive if instead of "near-room-temperature" they shot for something more practical, like a few hundred degrees Fahrenheit.
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The search would be more productive if instead of "near-room-temperature" they shot for something more practical, like a few hundred degrees Fahrenheit.
If fusion is possible at 'low' temperatures, it seems highly unlikely that the difference between room temperature and a few hundred degrees Fahrenheit would make any difference at all...
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:02 PM   #7
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The discovery of genuine cold fusion would be the end of the world. Post-scarcity makes a lot of capitalists nervous, and a bunch of smaller countries would go BOOM trying to replicate it themselves.

The search would be more productive if instead of "near-room-temperature" they shot for something more practical, like a few hundred degrees Fahrenheit.
Well, except "cold fusion" as supposedly defined is a controlled reaction. Certainly not something that would take place spontaneously in nature and not without certain conditions being maintained.

I doubt it even exists, but if it does the odds of going "boom" are low.

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Old 01-25-2011, 05:30 AM   #8
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I quickly lost faith in the article when I had a look at the document (pdf file)
and saw this ....

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Specifics of Andrea Rossi’s “Energy Catalyzer” Test,
University of Bologna, 1/14/2001

Marianne Macy


On January 14, 2011, Andrea Rossi submitted his “Energy Catalyzer” reactor, which
burns hydrogen in a nickel catalyst, for examination by scientists at the University of
Bologna and The INFN (Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics).
On something so important as this announcement and the date seems to be inconsistent from the title [though I'm no expert on keeping tabs on important dates]
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I enjoyed the fact that when I viewed the linked article, it had an ad for astrology right in the middle. Nice coincidence?
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:35 AM   #10
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I enjoyed the fact that when I viewed the linked article, it had an ad for astrology right in the middle. Nice coincidence?
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