Thanks to Jonas Matuzas for sharing a link to a new article in Infinite Energy magazine written by long-time CF/LENR/CMNS researcher Michael McKubre who writes about the Google-sponsored cold fusion research project that was recently covered in the journal Nature.
McKubre states that he is “delighted” that Google has been involved in this four-year research project, (he says he was himself involved in the early stages). He does not think that the Nature article is perfect, and points out what he sees as some flaws, but he believes that fact alone that the article has been published is of great importance to progress in the field. He writes:
“The existence of this publication is of immeasurable importance—just the fact that it exists and exists in Nature. Since their early rejection of “cold fusion,” many erstwhile practitioners have attempted, but none have passed the gates of Nature. I have written before that probably the most effective disincentive to research and researchers in the CMNS field is the perceived embargo of mainstream publication. That embargo is herewith lifted. The barrier is down. The door has not been opened fully and entrance broadly welcomed, but the nose of the camel is under the tent. Academics will be “allowed” to pursue their interests in the CMNS world, and many with high and relevant aptitude already have expressed interest in uncovering the secrets of nuclear processes in condensed matter.[…]
“Our field is dying. Our average age increases nearly one year per year. I was 40 when we started in 1989 and near the peak of my career. Now I am 70 and retired. The problem is not just age and inactivity, it is unwillingness and inability to learn or change. We need fresh new ideas and perspe ctives and to incorporate technically modern concepts. We need to attract young people into our field! Google has done that, deliberately, by program design.”
McKubre quotes from the Nature articles in which the researchers, while not replicating the Pons/Fleischmann effect, saw things they did not expect to see, like detecting neutrons from D-D fusion, and this has been enough for the research team to want to continue their work. Overall, he is extremely pleased with this effort.