Thursday, June 05, 2008

Cold Fusion -Three New Approaches

It will be recalled that the Fusion-in-a-Jar claims made in 1989 by Professors Pons & Fleishman could not be reproduced. See Wired Mag Aug 2007 article for background. Two two decades after the failed University of Utah attempt, scientists at Osaka University and at UCLA appear to have made separate breakthroughs.
1) A couple Japanese Profs dared demonstrate their process at Osaka University on May 22, 2008. Whither replication and utility?
2) UCLA scientists used a pyroelectric crystal experiment to produce a small amount of electricity. Their approach may lead to small fusion-powered scanning machines.
3) Emc2Fusion of Santa Fe, with a $1.8 million infusion by the US Navy is following through with plasma experiments of the late physicist Robert Bussard.
Stay tuned as the international fusion drama unfolds:
Positive review of Osaka Demo by PhysOrg publication -May 27, 2008
International Conf on Cold Fusion -Washington DC -Aug 10 to 15, 2008

So much for links. If you want expert opinion, follow posts on the AtomicMotor blog of nuclear physicist, Johnathan Chan.
The quotes alone warrant a bookmark; a favourite by R.P. Feyneman: "Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on."
At the 2008 ISA EXPO, keynote speaker, David Nagel, Ph.D said, an infusion of just $10,000 annually for five years, could move Low Energy Nuclear Research (LENR) from experimentation to "products."