Friday, September 10, 2004

Everything Old is New Again
My IEEE subscription just told me that Cold Fusion is back. Very cool.

The most interesting aspect for me was the Naval scientists who knew and respected Fleischmann were quite happy to ignore the bad publicity he and Pons received and looked at the case on its own merits. It is yet another demonstration about how eagerly people give credence to the stories put forward in the media (particularly those as sensational as cold fusion), with no sound reasoning behind their decisions. Fortunately there were scientists out there willing to ignore the hype.

It would be nice to see this research produce something. It would be much cheaper than the traditional idea of fusion, and projects like Sandia's Z-machine seem to be quiet at the moment.

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