Interest in the E-Cat Gradually Grows (According to Google) But Influential Publications Still Keep Silent

I received an interesting comment yesterday by Georgehants regarding the post about whether Bill Gates would support the E-Cat if he learned about it:

One might think that the journal NATURE may possibly be able to find his number to pass on all the honest information of Cold Fusion.

If Bill Gates and all other decision makers involved in the Energy field are not kept informed of progress, then one must think, what is the point and purpose of establishment and academic science and journals, most Governments have Science advisers, what are they doing with their time?

There are indeed thousands of decision makers throughout the world in all kinds of organizations who rely in good advice from people who should have the latest information from the fields of science and technology. There’s not much evidence that these decision makers are learning about Andrea Rossi’s potentially revolutionary technology. The big name scientific journals that carry so much influence in the circles of power haven’t mentioned the technology, and it’s possible that is the reason that relatively few people are paying attention.

Since Rossi is using a form of cold fusion there may be people who dismiss his tech out of hand because that field of research had been tainted.

Meanwhile however, there is evidence of a slightly broader interest among the web-searching public. For the first time, there have been enough searches for the terms E-Cat and Energy Catalyzer to show up on the Google Trends site which measures search volume. If the traffic logs for this site are representative there seems to be an uptick in the number of people looking for, and finding information about the E-Cat. There are also a growing number of blogs that are focussing on the E-Cat.

My expectation would be that this gradual growth of interest in the blogosphere will continue until a well-known and influential scientific publication gives some serious coverage to the E-Cat. Once that happens there could be a sudden surge in interest and the E-Cat and Andrea Rossi could become very well know very quickly.

Anyone want to make a prediction about which big publication will be the first to take the E-Cat seriously?

  • ege

    I played around with Google Insights: http://bit.ly/oXzzFp

    E-Cat searches are partially absorbed by “cold fusion” searches (they both grow starting from January 2011).

    P.S. note that the “+” is used as an “OR”

    • admin

      Thanks, ege, very nice — much more detailed than Google Trends. It’s interesting how Italy is a nice dark blue with a search volume of 100, but Greece is still at 0.

  • Tim N

    It’s going to be one of those classic tipping point things. Very hard to predict when it will enter mainstream scientific media – which will probably be the same time it enters mainstream general media.

    Only one thing is certain – it will take just one journal to break rank, and there will be an avalanche of comment once it starts. One little stone just needs to start moving, and the whole lot will go….

    Truly exciting times

  • admin

    Thanks, Lucas — Perhaps you are right about waiting until after the October demo.

    I would hope that at least after that the science media will pay attention.

    However, we know now from Rossi that NASA had already been studying his technology, so there is some interest in top science circles — so maybe it won’t be too long.

  • LucaS

    I think you are too opthimistic! However probably there will be a surge of attention on the e-cat afther the opening of the Greek plant, but For a serious report non a scientific newspaper I believe that are necessary further public and free demonstrations of the e-cat maybe by professors at Uppsala University. Untill that there will be no articles on that sort of newspapers. Sorry for my not perfect english.