Scientists revisit the cold case of cold fusion

**Scientists revisit the cold case of cold fusion
A calorimeter designed by UBC researchers that is capable of detecting anomalous heat at high temperatures and high pressures. Credit: University of British Columbia

Scientists from the University of British Columbia (UBC), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Maryland, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Google are conducting a multi-year investigation into cold fusion, a type of benign nuclear reaction hypothesized to occur in benchtop apparatus at room temperature.

A progress report published today in Nature publicly discloses the group's collaboration for the first time.

The group, which included about 30 graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and staff scientists, has not yet found any evidence of the phenomenon, but they did find important new insights into metal-hydrogen interactions that could impact low-energy nuclear reactions. The team remains excited about investigating this area of science and hopes their ongoing journey will inspire others in the scientific community to contribute data to this intriguing field.

"We need a fundamentally new energy technology that can be scaled within the span of a human lifetime," says UBC chemist Curtis Berlinguette, principal investigator on the study. "This program provided us with a safe environment to take the long shot—given the profound impact this could have on society, we should remain open to it even if there is an unknown probability of success."

Operating as a "" with a stringent internal review process, the team started out by vetting previous claims of , which have not been pursued in mainstream academic research for the past 30 years. If cold fusion could be realized, the heat released by this process might offer an attractive option for decarbonizing the global energy system.

"If any research project ever met the definition of high-risk, high-reward, this would be the one," says Yet-Ming Chiang, principal investigator and Kyocera professor of materials science and engineering at MIT. "Electrochemistry can create interesting states of matter. If those states of matter help us in the search for new clean energy sources, all the better."

The has produced nine peer reviewed publications and three arXiv posts. The team continues to search for a reproducible reference experiment for cold .


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More information: Curtis P. Berlinguette et al. Revisiting the cold case of cold fusion, Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1256-6 Curtis P. Berlinguette et al. Revisiting the cold case of cold fusion, Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1256-6
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May 28, 2019
Where's Zephyr? He should be proud of Google....

May 28, 2019
He is watching from the sidelines...

May 28, 2019
When the trail turns cold again, they'll go back to making more woo and complaining that they're not being taken seriously by mainstream science.

If you meet a person who believes that the earth is flat, the reason they do has usually nothing to do with evidence or reason. Taking them on a trip around the world with the utmost care taken not to deviate from a straight line, to show that they end up going around, can at best convince them that the earth is a cylinder.

May 28, 2019
Where's Zephyr? He should be proud of Google....
He posts over on the 'e-cat world' website. E-cat as in rossi the fraud. IMO of course. Rossis last presentation was one of the most embarrassing things Ive ever seen.

May 28, 2019
Where's Zephyr? He should be proud of Google....
He posts over on the 'e-cat world' website. E-cat as in rossi the fraud. IMO of course. Rossis last presentation was one of the most embarrassing things Ive ever seen.

Dang... And I missed it...

May 28, 2019
Scientists from the University of British Columbia

Well, BC has the best weed and it's now legal.

May 28, 2019
"The group, which included about 30 graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and staff scientists, has not yet found any evidence of the phenomenon, but they did find important new insights into metal-hydrogen interactions that could impact low-energy nuclear reactions. The team remains excited about investigating this area of science and hopes their ongoing journey will inspire others in the scientific community to contribute data to this intriguing field."
30? What a waste. Looks like a dump of surplus researchers.

May 28, 2019
is the "best weed" really germane to the court cases against "Round0Up"?

This article is proof that bad science is a festering boil, Thanks to the eternal tsunami of metadata on the Internet.

Any day now, that fool ponyboy will bribe the trunsterfire crime family to have their sycophants maladministrating the EPA.

To approve ponyboy's death cult of the atomic priesthood once again selling radioactive salts as a food supplement.
"Tasty fizzle & you get to glow in the dark!"

May 29, 2019
I followed the eCat website for a couple years. Sadly, LENR advocates are full of pseudo-scientific mumbo jumbo, hopelessly messy experiments, and wildly speculative fabulism. My conclusion was that if you want practically boundless nuclear energy, either put your money on Thorium liquid salt reactors, or sit on your hands and wait for fusion.

May 29, 2019
Where's Zephyr? He should be proud of Google....
He posts over on the 'e-cat world' website. E-cat as in rossi the fraud. IMO of course. Rossis last presentation was one of the most embarrassing things Ive ever seen.

Dang... And I missed it...
On the off chance that this is not sarcasm, here is the link for your viewing entertainment
https://youtu.be/gw_oa8MvdQk
-Embarrassing? No, pathetic. Stick with it, it gets better. Apparently rossi is afflicted like marie curie. Except with fake radium.

May 29, 2019
Where's Zephyr? He should be proud of Google....
He posts over on the 'e-cat world' website. E-cat as in rossi the fraud. IMO of course. Rossis last presentation was one of the most embarrassing things Ive ever seen.

Dang... And I missed it...
On the off chance that this is not sarcasm, here is the link for your viewing entertainment
https://youtu.be/gw_oa8MvdQk
-Embarrassing? No, pathetic. Stick with it, it gets better. Apparently rossi is afflicted like marie curie. Except with fake radium.

Actually... It was sarcasm, Otto. After watching the first 2 minutes, I'm really happy I DID miss it... :-)
I think the video was actually a spoof by someone. I mean, no serious inventor (or investor) would put out such a stupid vid on such a serious topic...

Jun 01, 2019
Yeah that's as far as I got. I suspect a notorious affliction...

"Most people are able to combine ideas that have consistent thought themes, but psychopaths have great difficulty doing this. Again, this suggests a genetic restriction to what we have called the Juvenile Dictionary. Not only are they using extremely restricted definitions, they cannot, by virtue of the way their brains work, do otherwise. Virtually all of the research on psychopaths reveals an inner world that is banal, sophomoric, and devoid of the color and detail that generally exists in the inner world of normal people. This goes a long way to explain the inconsistencies and contradictions in their speech."

"Psychopaths are notorious for not answering the questions asked them. They will answer something else, or in such a way that the direct question is never addressed. They also phrase things so that some parts of their narratives are difficult to understand."

-Etc. Lying is his only skill.

Jun 01, 2019
I watched the folks down in San Diego at the China Lake Naval Weapons Laboratory for a while. They've gone dark lately, hard to tell if that's because it never worked or they found something and have no intention of sharing it. I incline toward the former given the lack of other results.

Jun 01, 2019
Ah here is a prime example of the fraud that government funded science creates.
Cold fusion is just the ugly stepsister of AGW and climate change.

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