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Cold fusion II

Unexpected.

Unexpected.

Again, this is not Humboldt-related;  I just can’t resist.  This is perhaps the most incredible video I’ve seen in my life, particularly the slide at 5:15 and the Q&A from 39:00 to 40:30 or so.  It’s Thomas Kuhn’s proverbial “paradigm-shift,” live and in living color.  It gives me a sense of what it must have been like for the Wright Brothers to explain to people that, yes, their structure weighed more than air, but, yes, it could fly under its own power.  Not an easy sell when the Professors know it’s impossible.

The speaker is Yasuhiro Iwamura of Mitsubishi R&D, Yokahama.  He is speaking at an American Nuclear Society meeting in November 2012.   The work he describes, as he explains towards the end, has been reproduced by Toyota and others.

Remember: this work results from work done 20 years ago by Fleischmann and Pons, in America.  MIT and all of high energy physics decided it was impossible, and it’s been hard to get research dollars ever since, despite the fact that this sort of work is unbelievably inexpensive compared with building bigger and bigger toys for the high energy folk.  Such incredible, destructive arrogance.  Such traitors to the true meaning of science.  Thank heavens there will always be brilliant, open-minded people around who believe their eyes, rather than what the experts tell them.

  1. Anonymous
    December 9, 2012 at 1:28 pm | #1

    When this idea produces something useful, let us know.

  2. December 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm | #2

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Rutherford

    Read the dates, Anonymous. And don’t miss item one under “famous quotes.” OK, I’ll quote it here:

    “The energy produced by the breaking down of the atom is a very poor kind of thing. Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformation of these atoms is talking moonshine.” – 1933

    And who said that? Ernest Rutherford, the Nobel prize winning founder of nuclear physics. Maybe the experts are not always correct.

    Want more? http://lenr-canr.org/acrobat/BarnhartBtechnology.pdf

  3. Anonymous
    December 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm | #3

    Like I said, when this idea produces something useful, let us know. All you did was quote someone criticizing energy produced from breaking down an atom.

  4. December 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm | #4

    #3,

    It’s been correctly explained to me that use of the f word is ungentlemanly and unproductive. I’ll let you know if I hear of anything useful from this in-our-faces revolution in “what we know” about nuclear physics. Please do the same for me. Thank you.

    Would it be rude to point out that the “someone” you mention was the first person ever to split the atom? My apologies if it is.

  5. A pesky fact
    December 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm | #5

    Sounds like they just found a way to slash the PGE bill at my spaceport.

  6. firesidechet
    December 9, 2012 at 8:41 pm | #6

    Wardenclyffe enterprises?

  7. December 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm | #7

    pesky,

    The PG&E bill will come down by 5%, the discoverer is humiliated and dead, but various B-school types and the .01% that employ them will get very, very wealthy. The history books will be rewritten so that the path to the discovery seems inevitable.

    It’s still extremely inspiring that a few researchers have continued to plow these fields after being told they were salted, and are finally seeing crops. Science is wonderful; what’s been done with it is shameful, time and again. But maybe this time humanity will do right by itself.

    My guess is that we’ve already passed the tipping point on climate change, but this will make things less painful for those in the top half of the first world. And perhaps Japan will pull ahead of the US and China.

  8. Mitch
    December 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm | #8

    An Italian scientist, Francesco Celani, has demonstrated excess heat from an experimental setup. The setup has been used by a group attempting to replicate his results in public and in real time. The group has spent the last several days calibrating their setup, so they know exactly how much heat to expect from particular amounts of power input. The group started their first test run at 12:12 Pacific time, today, 12/12/12.

    Their results (which initially appear to show excess heat) are available at this address:

    http://www.quantumheat.org/index.php/follow

    There are lots of possible things that might explain what they are seeing, but they’ve been a model of openness, and I’d be very surprised if they are attempting to defraud anyone.

    Three hours on, their experimental cell is bouncing around between 3 and 7 watts of excess heat, over and above what would be expected from their 48 watts of power in. (There are good reasons that power input is required for the experiment, but that aspect of the demonstration certainly offers cynics a wide field to play in. Have fun, but I won’t be joining you.)

  9. Thirdeye
    December 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm | #9

    Pons and Fleischman were overreaching, sloppy, and not transparent in the way they presented their results. They deserved all the criticism they got.

    This series of experiments looks more like an exploration of low energy systems for elemental transformation rather than reaching for the holy grail of cold fusion. It being industry sponsored, you know they’re looking at the prospect of practical applications. Power production might not be the first application, but the more we find out the better chance that something will lead in that direction.

  10. Anonymous
    March 24, 2013 at 11:07 am | #10

    The University of Missouri will be sponsoring the 18th international research conference on cold fusion (which dare not speak its name). They’ve also just hired Graham Hubler, a physicist who had spent 40 years at the Naval Research Labs, to lead their institute investigating cold fusion. He retired from the NRL in 2012 as head of the Materials and Sensors Branch.

    http://iccf18.research.missouri.edu/welcome.php

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