Wired Publishes Cold Fusion Review

A new article entitled “Cold fusion: smoke and mirrors, or raising a head of steam?” written by David Hambling has been published in Wired.co.uk about the current state of affairs in the world of cold fusion/LENR. For those who have been following the news, there really isn’t much new information, but Hambling does a good job of hitting on some of the most important stories that have been going on over the last few months. He covers Rossi, Celani, Brillouin, Defkalion and also discusses NASA and Boeing’s interest in using LENR in aircraft. Hambling includes quotes from Steven Krivit of New Energy Times who believes that the most important event of the last few months was the death of Martin Fleischmann, which represented the end of an era.

The article concludes on a positive note and indicates the potential for practical applications of cold fusion technology

The field is looking less like the domain of tinkering eccentrics; increasingly it seems to be getting taken seriously as a business proposition. Technology is being licensed and companies are being set up. In the words of the Boeing/Nasa report: “LENR technology is potentially game-changing to not just aviation, but the worldwide energy mix as well. This technology should be followed to determine feasibility and potential performance.”

It’s nice to see accurate coverage of cold fusion in a widely read publication. It all helps towards raising awareness among the public.

  • KenLebrun

    This is great news. Finally some accurate media coverage.

    • Ivan_cev

      It is great!

  • Sanjeev

    Yes, nice to see an accurate summary. Things are surely changing and some reporters are doing actual research to write up articles and talking to people ‘in know’, first hand, ….instead of blindly parroting wikijunk.

    I was totally shocked to see that the SGS certificate was called “irrelevant to Ecat” and “a forged document” by the wiki overlords. The talk section was also locked down. Why is one person making all decisions there ?

    Other thing I noticed in mainstream and in general is that the healthy skepticism (rare) also has a slight negative bias. For example the wired article suffixed “apparently working” before the Celani demo, but takes the news of Ecat funding being withdrawn as a proven fact. He did not question whether the test really took place or who were the investors etc etc.

    In this case a statement by one unknown person (Holms) was given more weight than a live demo witnessed by many learned scientists. The skepticism is a good thing, but it should not be asymmetric.

    • GreenWin

      Sanjeev, the users of wiki-anything need to know it is under the full and total control of totalitarians. It is based on hearsay, particularly hearsay approved by self-appointed experts.

  • Ged

    Congrats on getting directly quoted, Frank!

  • Sanjeev

    I have launched a war there. 😀
    Hitting all ignorant commenters.

    • take a look at “maryyugo”. he’s very ignorant.

      • Andrew Macleod

        She is very ignorant.

        • Lu

          maryyugo is a he and he is not ignorant–just persistent in his convictions to the point of neurosis.

    • Gerrit

      When commenting, think of all the uninvolved, interested readers that might read your response. Stay polite, offer links, explanations. Don’t work for the trollers, but answer what they don’t want to hear, don’t bite. Be a gentleman and people will trust you more than them. -> we win 🙂

      • Ged

        Good words to live by.

      • Sanjeev

        Exactly, it is only for the newcomers. No amount of facts and proofs are going to convince those who have already made up their mind.

      • Andrew Macleod

        You can lead a horse to water…………..

  • Ivan_cev

    Abundo, Celani, Piantelly, Rossi, Errata, Focardi…..We will soon need to learn Italian to keep updated. Abundo is the key, open source, not for profit, no NDA this is the guy we need to follow. Lets came back to Rossi when he shows something concret.

    • Tony76

      Abundo is the only deeply intelligent being in that list – knowing as he does that :
      1. Open Science is critical to get LENR out and at the service of mankind
      2. His fame and fortune will be assured.

      The others in the list are out for filthy lucre and “world domination”.

  • vbasic

    Science question.

    Some of the LENR theories have hydrogen acting as a virtual neutron or transformed to neutrons. So I was wondering, why not cut out the middle man at least in experments?

    Has anyone ever blasted Nickel with neutrons to see what happens? Since all elements above Nickel were created through neutron absorption, it might be an interesting test to see how much transmutation and energy is released.
    I know in houses or factories they wouldn’t use actual neutron generators to make LENR devices. But as a science experiment if the results were similar to LENR devices, it might help validate some of the theories.

    • Ivan_cev

      I read is not just simple neutrons, some theories say the hydrogen atom shrink so other atoms look at it as a neutron. this goes on until hydrogen get an isotope (4) then it decays into helium(4). A simple way to detect cold fusion in this case should be to mesure helium, but I think the difficulty is that this atoms are so small that most materials are porous at this level.
      Others speak about low momentum protons or slow protons.
      But your idea is good it could make a good test.

      • Ivan_cev

        Storms say that this accumulation of Hydrogen isotopes happens in the cracks and some kind of resonance allow it, He called the area Active Nuclear environment.
        Celani does something similar creating a sponge like structure in the exterior of the isotan 44 wire. In the old days Fleishman will create this cracks in Palladium by loading the lattice with deuterium.
        Rossi uses nickel powder and a secret catalyzer, will the nickel powder have cracks? are the mechanism of the reaction different? is not know with Rossi NDA are very much in use.
        Abundo uses a plasma electrolysis,and small bits of tungsten, there is so much steam and light in the process is quiet impressive, also Abundo has made a very nice setup to filter the high frequency pulses that will distort the measurements of power.

      • GreenWin

        Carlo Rubia & De Ninno at ENEA showed the appearance of He4 in repeated cold fusion experiments (2002.) The report was submitted to 41 different “scientific” journals for publishing, but even the participation of Nobel laureate Rubbia could not change the censors hand. “Report 41” was rejected by every single journal.


    • Nicholas Payne

      I was shown today how you can use a Q switched NdYag laser designed for cosmetic purposes to “crack the air” by focusing the beam down you can create a momentary plasma in the air with each pulse. Each 10ns pulse has a 120MW of power, must be useful for something besides the removal of hair, tattoos and toenail fungus.

    • freethinker

      I think one important factor is the velocity. If you bombard the nickel from some source the will be of relatively high velocity and be extreaneous to the lattice. Compare this with hydrogen and electrons slowly moving along in the lattice to the discontinuity in the fracture of the lattice which i the active region. (this is, I guess, Edmund Storms theory).
      I would say that neutron in the first case would have less probability to trigger the reaction, compared to the latter, where hydrogen, deuterium an tritium would be fusing in the active region, from the hydrogen being driven there inside the lattice

  • Karl

    I don’t think the link to the post “Cold Fusion Catalyst” has been visible here. Certainly a very interesting read about possible catalyst at http://e-catsite.com/

  • andreiko

    Geachte weldenkenden,

    LENR = coldfusion? Beter lijkt mij fusie opgang gebracht bij relatief lagetemperatuur, de fusietemperatuur bij mutatie of anderzins binnen de atoomstructuren kunnen niet anders zijn dan bij het fusie proces van de zon.

    De visie van een nieuwsgierige .

    • Andrew Macleod

      Ya Lenr=ColdFusion

  • Somewhat off-topic, food for thought. Article “Absorbing Hydrogen Turns Palladium Into A Quasi Liquid” (http://www.technologyreview.com/view/421755/absorbing-hydrogen-turns-palladium-into-a-quasi/), demonstration how a palladium stick droops by gravity when absorbing hydrogen although retaining its pull strength.
    Some of the comments are interesting. “ZephirX” makes a connection to cold fusion and gives a link to John Kanzius who decomposed salt water into hydrogen and oxygen by tuned radio waves. Freely interpreted, ZephirX’s point seems to be that maybe Kanzius’ burning salt water demonstrates a process which is similar to a resonant theory of LENR (also invoking an analogy between liquid H2O and quasi-liquid Pd-D).

    • It’s also interesting because Pd-D being quasi-liquid is in seeming contradiction with hydrogen usually making metals brittle rather than ductile. It’s like asking nature is it brittle or ductile and nature answers: it’s a brittle liquid, would you please rephrase your question…

      • georgehants

        When one moves into the science of the Quantum World, all is interesting and a wonder.
        It is a shame that many people are fooled into believing that a working knowledge of the Quantum is difficult, the average eight year old is well able to understand the basic concepts.
        The reason is that nobody understands the Quantum in any deterministic classical way beyond the fact that it is the most accurate predictor of the classical World.
        God Runs Electromagnetics By Wave Theory On Monday, Wednesday, And Friday, And The Devil Runs Them By Quantum Theory On Tuesday, Thursday, And Saturday.
        – William Bragg

      • Mike

        I would agree with you : it seems a weird explanation.
        I would have thought that the hydrogen might cause micro- cracking at the surface of the metal which will reduce the effective cross section and bending resistance of the palladium rod.
        This will cause it to bend more. (I think the cracking occurs when the hydrogen is absorbed into the metal and damages the metal’s lattice structure?}

        • Yes. It might have happened as follows: Hydrogen penetrates the surface layer and makes it brittle, but especially also makes it swell. In the upper part some semi-macroscopic cracks open which let more hydrogen in than on the bottomside. Thus it is the nonsymmetrical swelling of the surface layer that makes it bend downwards rather than gravity, but gravity produces the seed and defines the direction of the process. So their interpretation that it is quasi-liquid might be quasi-wrong.