Daily Caller on US Defense Threat Reduction Agency Cold Fusion Report

Thanks to Mats Lewan for pointing out the following article

The Daily Caller news and political website has an article titled “Feds May Have Made a Huge Breakthrough in Cold Fusion.” (http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/11/feds-may-have-made-a-huge-breakthrough-in-cold-fusion/) The article, by energy and science reporter Andrew Follett is in reference to the report we cited here last week released by the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).

The report, authored by Pamela Mosier-Boss, Lawrence Forsley and Patrick McDaniel is titled Investigation of Nano-Nuclear Reactions in Condensed Matter. The authors propose that the Pons and Fleischmann ‘cold fusion’ effect is a real low energy nuclear reaction and can be reproduced when a certain kind of Pd/D co-deposition process is used.

Andrew Follett has done some follow-up with the DTRA who told him that they couldn’t immediately confirm or deny the authenticity of the document since some staff members were away from work. Follett also contacted Dr. Jeffrey Eldred, a particle accelerator physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Illinois, who said he suspected that the effect described in the report by Pamela Mosier-Boss, was caused by cosmic ray deuterons interacting with the palladium deuteride.

There is some debate regarding the authenticity of the document. Some observers have noted that the report does not appear on any website published by the DTRA, and therefore could be spurious. The last page of the document, however, does provide a Scientific and Technical Review Information form which appears to show that the document had been through a review process at the DTRA and has been cleared for public release.