“Most Important News of the Year” — Nobel Laureate Brian Josephson Comments on Nature.com

Brian Josephson, British physicist and Nobel laureate (1973 prize for physics) has made a comment on the website of Nature regarding the release of the E-Cat report. Josephson has long followed the work of Andrea Rossi and has shown strong interest in the E-Cat over the years.

His comment on the Seven Days page of Nature, where readers comment on significant science news over the last week:

“The most important news of the year, perhaps, not just the last seven days? The results of a new investigation into the Rossi reactor (allegedly a high-power cold fusion reactor), involving running the reactor over a 32-day period, are now out. The report not only confirms output power far in excess of anything possible by chemical reaction, but also gives a clear indication that a nuclear reaction is occurring, on the basis of a substantial change in the isotopic proportions of Li and Ni over the period of the run. (…) As before, I predict that pigs will fly before Nature makes any mention of the report, which has also been put on hold by the physics preprint archive arxiv.org (with an earlier report, a leaked email disclosed that the moderators were trying hard to find a reason to block the report but eventually gave in).”


A comment like this is not likely to attract much attention, but this is probably as close as we’ll get from seeing cold fusion or the E-Cat mentioned in Nature for the time being.

  • Jonnyb

    This is great news, and a major step forward.

  • Sandy

    Three cheers for Brian Josephson!

  • Ged

    Awesome to have someone as great as Brian Josephson post such a comment at the Nature forums. He’s a brave man.

    • Zeddicus Zul Zorander

      Indeed, he seems like an integer and brave soul.

  • Curbina

    Considering that Josephson is not the only Nobel laureate to take LENR seriously (the first one Julian Schwinger), its always good to see his comments against the likes as Pomp (ous) and company.

  • Curbina

    Unfortunately, Mr. Josephson, and many other Nobel Laureates, in the pseudoskeptical mind, tend to suffer from something called “The Nobel disease” http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Nobel_disease
    I would say that the amount of Nobels with this “disease” point exactly to the opposite, that the pseudoskeptics are the ones with a disease.

  • So unless we make flying pigs somehow Nature wont publish the report?

    This is a tough one!

    • Ophelia Rump

      The pigs are airborne! Check out the nature comments session.

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  • Andrew

    Too funny.

  • profchuck

    There is a fundamental question, “where is the gamma radiation?” Nucleosynthisis on this scale releases energy that is proportional to the mass difference between the “fuel” and the end product. No known fusion process takes place without releasing some of this energy in the form of high energy radiation and particles. To produce the 1.5 megawatt hours over the 30 odd days of the experiment should have produced gamma radiation that was not only detectable but lethal. For this to be real one must accept that not only is low temperature fusion possible but it can occur without producing detectable radiation. That would be two major discoveries that can only be called “New Physics”.

    • Ophelia Rump

      Is there a sufficient mass difference to cover the energy released?
      Or is there another form of energy release like energy from quantum foam suggested?

      • Jonnyb

        The stupid cheese video may be explained by this. I suspect that the supply is both A.C. and D.C. with two series coils
        under the switch to the other terminals. The light is not so bright on
        the cheese, but the meters will not measure D.C. current if set on A.C.
        The easiest way to prove is just pull the power plug to the whole thing, if the cheese still lights it then some other trickery.

        • Ophelia Rump

          Do not be so hard on cheese, everyone likes cheese.

          • Jonnyb


    • Alan DeAngelis

      Li(7) + H(1) > 2 He(4) 17.3 MeV no gamma
      very old physics

      • Pekka Janhunen

        However, there is the issue that the resulting alphas (although much more benign than neutrons, gammas or even protons) would still cause a small amount of secondary activation in the elements present in the reactor. For example, from http://www.oecd-nea.org/janis/book/book-alpha.pdf one can find that the cross section of reactions Al27(a,n)P30, Li7(a,n)B10, Ni58(a,p)Cu61,Ni62(a,n)Zn65 is roughly 0.1 barn at alpha energy of 8.5 MeV, i.e., half of 17 MeV (1 barn=1e-28 m^2). Stopping distance of 8 MeV alpha in nickel is about 20 microns, so at 0.1 barn cross section the moving alpha draws a volume of 2e-34 m^3 before stopping (most of the distance it travels near the original energy). There are about 1.8e-5 nickel nuclei in this volume, so a fraction ~1.8e-5 of the alphas would be expected to produce neutrons and other radioactive outcomes. As we know, such radioactivity was not observed in Bianchini’s measurements.

        Maybe the net reaction is indeed equivalent with Li7(p,a)He4, but the output energy somehow gets distributed over a larger number of alpha or other particles. Alpha-induced secondary activation is a rather steep function of alpha energy and is exactly zero below some activation threshold which depends on the reaction.

  • Bernie777

    This is a physics Nobel laureate telling us LENR is being deliberately censored and not just by the “physics academic community”!!!!!

  • Ophelia Rump

    Felix Rends ripped him a new one!

  • Nixter

    Skeptics on other forums are saying that there is no proof that the Nature.com comment was made by the real Brian Josephson, is there any way to verify that the commenter was “THE”, one and only Brian Josephson?

    • ecatworld

      Yes, I have had contact with Brian Josephson, and can confirm he is the author of the statement.

      • Ophelia Rump

        You have become way too cool!

      • Nixter

        I believe it, but is there a link or anything that has info that confirms it, maybe ask him to make a comment about it on his blog if he has one?

  • Enrique Ferreyra

    Brave man Mr. Josephson.

  • greggoble

    I suspect the isotropic shifts may be a bit complicated, pathways not yet fully understood. As understanding progresses we experience a steep peak, a logarithmic lifting of our minds with some wings.

    Anyways, Brian is sorta’ miffed, and I appreciate him saying so, the real reasons.

    Everyone is having a bit of fun looking at contemporary LENR technology patents, theorists, economists, and good ‘ol american nuclear society physicists. Cracking the ‘cold fusion’ puzzle is all the rave.

    On the pig issue… remember swine flu?

    Applied engineering, utilizing the thermal energetics, is picking up steam (so to speak).

    Nano-physics is new physics, with many elements exhibiting extremely different properties than previously known, we cannot proceed with decades old knowledge.

    Superspreaders of information, the Internet is such while Nature Magazine is not. The ‘press’ faces extinction, just as handwritten scientific works did when the printing press gained popularity. The next hundred years will see most of us gone and a new ‘perspective and experiential’ reality in place… exciting no?

    Concerns over what radiation is not observed seems irrelevant, within the lattice of nano matter, as what can be observed is of greater importance. Improvements in our ability to do so are always taking place. Why is it that the teensy teeny tiny is so interesting?

    Anyways, the patent list is growing and contributions to it are appreciated. Rossi has certainly stimulated disclosure and an acceleration of this field of science.

    Contemporary LENR Technology Patents – Popularly Known as Cold Fusion Energy