Billionaire Sidney Kimmel to Donate $5.5 to Fund University of Missouri Cold Fusion Research

The Columbia Daily Tribune is reporting that Sidney Kimmel, Chairman of the Board of Directors and founder of Jones Apparel Group, Inc., is donating $5.5 million through his charitable foundation to fund studies in the field of cold fusion at the University of Missouri.

The purpose of the gift is to try to understand the ‘pure science’ behind the excess heat that is generated in many cold fusion/LENR experiments. Kimmel’s gift will establish the Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear Renaissance, or SKINR, at MU.

Rob Duncan, vice chancellor for research at the university, has been a leading proponent for trying to fully understand the phenomenon of cold fusion. He featured in the 2009 60 Minutes TV program in which he expressed surprise at evidence he examined in favor of cold fusion in experimental results he examined. In a 2010 interview with the Columbia Daily Tribune Duncan said, “When we see a phenomenon that surprises us, we should approach it with the scientific method and with curiosity . . . The problem here is the problem you traditionally have with new technology. Everyone wants to jump ahead to try to figure out what it may end up being … but what you really need to do is say, ‘This is something we haven’t seen or understood before; let’s try to understand it.’ ”

Sidney Kimmel’s gift is an important development in the scientific exploration of the cold fusion/LENR phenomenon — one that could lead to a greater understanding of the physics involved, and which may lead to more and better technologies that are based on it. Kimmel’s motivation behind the gift is a traditionally philanthropic one. “Very much like my commitments to cancer research, I believe in investing for America’s future generations. I chose the University of Missouri for this important gift because it is a comprehensive university, experienced in using its deep scientific research capacity across many fields with its firm commitment to serve the public good. This may be futuristic, but when it comes to energy, our future is now.”


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  • Tony

    Probably worth mentioning a few things again about Krivit.

    “Not as smart as a fifth grader”: http://world.std.com/~mica/krivit02052012.html

    “KRIVIT’s Past History of Systematic Disingenuity and Inaccuracy” : http://world.std.com/~mica/DisingenuousKrivit20072.pdf

    “However, Krivit’s articles, on close examination, turn out to involve a mere ‘exercise in blackening’ supported by little substance and no little degree of misrepresentation and error.

    Since I was once chosen as target for such treatment (to which reference should be made to understand the details in the following), I am in a position to demonstrate Krivit’s modus operandi in detail. After this I will attempt an analysis of the underlying psychology.” http://www.tcm.phy.cam.ac.uk/~bdj10/articles/NET1.html

    “Widom – Larsen advocate, Steven Krivit, recently published three articles, two of which were either authored by Lewis Larsen, or contained references to Larsen’s theory. The third article is an index compiled by Krivit pertaining to his on-going attempt to undermine the legitimacy of McKubre’s ‘M4′ work.” http://www.mail-archive.com/[email protected]/msg62772.html

    Link to rapid Larsen defence of Krivit (see comments), on Hekman’s blog: http://randyhekman2012.com/_blog/Blog/post/Energy_America%27s_Next_%27Space_Race%27_/

    “In the past I believe Krivit has strongly given the impression that scientific fraud was perpetuated by McKubre. I recall this particular issue hit me right in the face when I was still a New Energy Times board member. This happened a year or two ago, when Krivit went on an internet radio show and implied that key CF researchers had “lied” about their research. Krivit didn’t directly say they ‘lied’ about their data during the interview, but he made it quite clear what he wanted the listeners to draw such a conclusion. I privately talked about the content of Krivit’s interview to a lawyer I have known for years. His response back to me was that Krivit was using ‘weasel words’… to imply what he really wanted his listeners to conclude.” http://www.mail-archive.com/[email protected]/msg59670.html

    • Jake

      Wow. So ditching Krivit is the new method of AR proving his claims?
      Believing AR gets more embarrassing every day.

    • Y_Po

      I don’t know much about Krivit but it appears he is the only one in LENR crowd who actually looked at Rossi claims critically (as any descent scientist should do). The rest of players in LENR field seem accepted Rossi, this does not paint pretty picture of them.

      • Rockyspoon

        Baloney, Y_Po. A LOT of people have looked at Rossi’s claims “critically”. I’ve read a bunch of stuff written by Krivit and it is easy to tell he has no technical or scientific foundation–he has no scientific degrees. He IS, however, very shrewd in using the latest techno-babble to his own benefit and ego. THAT is the picture of Krivit–and it does NOT show a glowing self-portrait at all!

        • Y_Po

          Name one LENR person who would call Rossi a fraud? (He is a fraud, you can be sure of that)

    • Paul Z

      Steven Krivit better get his licks in now because soon Rossi is going to have in house Attornies and Krivit could get sued for his slanderous remarks.

      • Ged

        Steven Krivit reports from his understanding and what facts he knows (and focuses on). There is nothing slanderous about that, even if we disagree with him.

        Slander, or libel, would be making up false information and basing judgements on that falsehood. Krivit has not done such things, as far as I know.

  • Robert Mockan

    I notice an increasing number of disparaging comments about Steven Krivit. Unless you know the full story explaining why he says what he does about Rossi and the E-Cat, it might be better not to comment at all. In this field there are good guys, and bad guys (like in all subjects). Steven Krivit is one of the good guys. He is also extremely knowledgeable about the subject. Just one example is that he is a co-editor (with Jan Marwan) of LOW-ENERGY NUCLEAR REACTION SOURCEBOOK, volume 1, and also the next in the series, volume 2. People who have studied these subjects will understand that if the Widom and Larsen hypothesis, that Krivit supports, is even partly correct, it would be a national security issue of the highest level. My personal opinion is that Krivit may be getting himself into some hot water with authorities who want to lower his credibility.

    • sparks

      Robert,

      I hope you continue posting on this website. Your contribution, balance, and erudition are very much appreciated by some of us who are trying to sort fact from fiction in this high stakes quest for new energy sources that be harnessed into viable forms.

      • Robert Mockan

        Thank you! But by all means listen to other viewpoints too. For example the comment by “Tony” above mine Feb 12 at 11.42 pm has some excellent articles not supporting Krivit (to put in mildly).
        I measure credibility by acknowledging that in any group or catagory, there is an average. And HALF the people are below average. Frightening, when you think about it! In the catagory of good guys and bad guys in relation to “cold fusion”, or LENR, as it is called these days, Krivit is ABOVE average in support of it. But these kind of issues can be a judgement call. Keep up the good fight to learn what is going on.

    • Ged

      Completely agreed and right on, Robert.

      I have no idea where this sudden spate of hate is coming from, but it is disturbing. A person has every right to disagree with interpretations.

  • daniel maris

    HAve people seen this Rossi Reply on JNP? –

    Thank you for your comment, because it gives me the chance to make clear that:
    1- I NEVER APPROACHED THIS DICK SMITH, I DO NOT EVEN KNOW WHO HE IS
    2- HIS REMARKS ARE SIMPLY RIDICULOUS, JUST GO TO CHECK ALL THE REPORTS MADE ON OUR TESTS, JUST GO TO NYTEKNIK TO READ ALL OUR TESTS, IN PARTICULAR THE OCT 6TH TEST AND YOU WILL SEE THAT ALL THE WIRING HAS BEEN CHECKED. ALL THESE WANNABE VALIDATORS SIMPLY INSULT THE SCIENTISTS WHO MADE THE TESTS, LIKE THEY COULD BE SO NAIF NOT TO CHECK PROPERLY ALL THE WIRING CONNECTIONS. BY THE WAY: THE ENERGY CONSUMED HAS BEEN MEASURED NOT ONLY AT THE WIRES TO THE PLUG (ALL OF THEM, WIRE BY WIRE), BUT ALSO TO ALL THE CABLES CONNECTED INSIDE THE E-CAT !!!!
    ALSO THE PLUG ( THE ONLY ONE USED) HAS BEEN DETECTED, TO CHECK THAT THERE WERE NOT ANOMALIES!!!
    I REMEMBER THAT THE 6TH OCTOBER TEST HAS BEEN ATTENDED FROM SCIENTISTS FROM ALL THE WORLD, AND THAT THE 28TH OCTOBER TEST HAD BEEN MADE INDIPENDENTLY AND WITH INDIPENDENT INSTRUMENTATION BY A COLONEL ENGINEER OF AN ARMY AND THAT HE, USUALLY, WITH 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, TESTS THERMODYNAMIC PLANTS AND MISSILES HEADS OF NUCLEAR CARRIERS.
    3- I DO NOT THINK THIS GUY IS A SNAKE, I THINK HE HAS BEEN MISINFORMED FROM SOME PERSON WHO SAID TO HIM STUPIDITIES.
    4- WITHIN ONE YEAR WE WILL START TO SELL OUR E-CATS IN MASS, SO ALL THE SKEPTICS WILL BE ABLE TO BUY ONE AND TEST IT.
    END OF DISCUSSIONS.
    WARM REGARDS,

    • PersonFromPorlock

      Vintage Rossi.

    • bkrharold

      First of all, you did not print the question that was posed to Rossi. So we only have half of this story. It must have contained something that set him off. Rossi has had to deal with a lot of BS from people who are just out to discredit him. In any case, the article in question, concerns a charitable donation, made by a philanthropic millionaire, to explore the science behind cold fusion. It is not about Rossi

      • daniel maris

        Someone was referring him to a Dick Smith article and pointing out it claimed he had approached that person as an investor.

    • sparks

      ??? Anybody know what this is about?

      • Gregory

        Search for “dick smith lenr skeptics society” you will find out. Basically some one in Australia who believes in the Rossi devices, wanted to become a reseller of the products in Australia, and did not have the money to finance it himself, so he wanted Dick Smith a local millionaire to put up the money to finance it. Dick Smith wanted proof before committing funds, and Rossi has no intention of giving more proof than already done, that is where it ends. Just nonsense going on in Australia that Rossi needs to ignore !!!!

    • Tom

      Dick Smith used to be cool. His franchise of stores used to be the go-to spots for getting electrical components and his salesmen used to know a thing or two about what they were selling. Now it’s a greedy, money-grabbing corporation. Not to mention, Dick Smith now also makes peanut butter. And he calls himself the techspert. Best to ignore that fool for not finding the truth before making accusations.

  • sapain

    all aboard, the lenr train heading to wonderland is getting ready to leave.

    • clovis

      HI guys.
      Way to go Sid, investing in the further, now here is a man after my own heart, good on him.

  • Roger Bird

    Gee, I guess all rich people are not a bunch of evil meanie heads seeing every change as a threat and trying to suppress all threats.

  • VAN DEN BOGAERT JOANNES

    Belgian patent with publication number BE1002780 contains a theory about lattice-assisted nuclear fusion based on “electrostatic wetting” broadening
    proton-orbitals due to a surplus of electrons in a cathode absorbing deuterium. Reversing the polarity
    of the electrode evacuates the electrons rapidly and compresses the internal deuterons to obtain their fusion.

    • http://www.choicedowsing.com kwhilborn

      interesting. Andrea Rossi has said they are doing nano martial arts to overcome the coulomb barrier. Reversing polarities sounds like this is along the same lines as Rossi.

      Kudos to Sidney Kimmel for donating half of his wealth to good causes.

      • Spaceman Tom

        Math isn’t your element is it. ;)

      • Roger Bird

        5.5 million is not 1/2 of a billion, as in billionaire.

        But perhaps when the Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear Renaissance at MU gets rolling there will be more money coming. And if Rossi/Defkalion get some results other than hot air coming out of their mouths, even more rich people will want to contribute to research in this area.

        • Joe

          I think several has issues in their understanding. I think kwhilborn meant that the Sidney Kimmel is a philanthropist in general and has pledge to give away 1 Billion. over his lifetime to good causes.

          Sidney Kimmel would have to be a senile to give away half of his fortune to LENR, he gives most of it to worthy causes.

          • Rockyspoon

            He might do so in a method we call “step-wise financing”. If his initial investment gives promising results, he’ll up the amount–coutinuing until LANR is a full-fledged, commercially-viable product. It could take a $billion, but if done correctly, it will certainly not be wasted; the whole world will benefit.

  • lol

    Warning following is speculation!

    I know true believers will still stone me and call me names.

    1. Look for something not understood scientifically but still having scientific backup that might affect a lot of people (like LENR).

    2. Set up a demonstration with a few scientists as passive observers to get public attention.

    3. Get in contact with state institutions(universities, NASA) to harden the fame about your invention.

    4. Use the state institutions contract info to bait investors. Collect money.

    5. Back down from the contracts quietly.

    6. To milk your investors and attract more “sell” a working device to a secret customer. Spread some rumors about military involvement to get it sound more plausible.

    7. As time passes by investors might get nervous. Come up with more fantastic claims about immediate commercialization, automated fab, 100k preorders, low product price(600$), distribution partners talks. Collect some more money.

    • daniel maris

      You forgot

      8. Go on the run, spend time in prison, have your name dragged through the mud – in other words give up completely on your perfectly comfortable lifestyle for nothing at all.

      Doesn’t sound so plausible now, does it?

      And you forgot to mention NASA patenting a device that sounds v. like Rossi’s.

      • Roberto

        There are a number of skeptical predictions that so far have failed in describing AR. One is the perfect-fraudster profile that wanted him to disappear immediately after the BBB demo in October.

        • daniel maris

          Yes the vast majority on JREF forum were predicting that he would disappear soon after the October 11 tests.

      • Jake

        Rossi has bought a Chemistry degree from a “diploma mill” university, and have been convicted for a fraud of allegedly turning nuclear waste to oil.

        Anyone believing him after knowing this, is a delusional.

        • Rockyspoon

          Obviously you haven’t read any “devil in the details” account of what you conviently call a “fraud”. You are a fraud for not having done your homework, Jake. Take the time, make the effort, and educate yourself before losing face before the whole world.

          • Jake

            What an opaque response for a straightforward accusation.

            AR has all sorts of excuses; the quantity and quality of the circumstances and the explanations provided by him, make him “not very credible”.

    • Roberto

      Agree with you: yours is just speculation.

    • http://www.choicedowsing.com kwhilborn

      What if you had already owned several rich companies in your past and were already a millionaire several times over? Would you still undertake your scam that could send you to prison?

      People forget Andrea Rossi was still a millionaire before this began. His former company sponsored Formula 3 race car team, and he had business dealings with President Carter at the American White House.

      One of his businesses was Criminalized by Italy, but he still walked away a millionaire.

      He is also a Doctor. Not a medical Doctor, but still capable of earning a very high salary based on his education and experience and patents he holds.

      So according to you this rich doctor has spent his life savings pursuing a reaction that has been independently replicated by at least 16 entities including NASA/M.I.T./and several Universities so he can scam a few million and live on a beach somewhere.

      If he was so inclined why did he work at all. Why not skip all the scam part and just go live on a beach.

      Heck; why did he not just take the money he spent on his education and go live in Mexico?

      How long has Rossi been working on e-cats before going public 4 years? 4 years of lost wages?

      Andrea Rossi is not some unknown making youtube videos. He has been around the block many times.

      • daniel maris

        Yes, and why locate the fraud in the USA where the penalties can be particularly severe for crooked commercial operators. He could find himself in prison for the rest of his life, not just a six months stay as might happen in Europe. And why try and scam NASA of all organisations?

      • PersonFromPorlock

        “Dottore” isn’t “Doctor.” It’s equivalent to a Masters Degree.

    • Ged

      The problem is Rossi hasn’t had investors has far as we’ve ever known. No one’s paid him a dime unless receiving an actual product (the 1 MW plant), after testing it themselves.

      Rossi definitely operates by an inventor mindset, that’s what you have to realize. Inventors tinker, get excited by what they see, what they are good at eeking some amount of results from, and then want to share that with everyone. The problem is, their inventions may not work in a generalized case, and it’s easy for an inventor to fool him/herself.

      If anything is going on, it’s Rossi fooling himself.

      Speaking as a scientist, I know how darnably hard it is to get reproducible results. I know the propensity to try to tweak and tweak to make things better. The device Rossi has made may literally just be highly unreliable, yet still working in very specific, misunderstood, cases.

  • Jason

    From the following article in Vetrans today which talks about tatical nuclear weapons. Rossi’s process is known science and has been know for decades.

    Leuren Moret: You were talking about the structure of the fourth-generation nuclear weapons where it is a layer of deuterium, a layer of U235….

    Dr. Busby: No no, it’s a solution of deuterium in the uranium…

    Leuren Moret: Oh, in the uranium.

    Dr. Busby: Yes. The fact is that we know from work that was done by a colleague of mine called Martin Fleischmann, who first discovered what is called “cold fusion” at the University of Southampton, and I was actually working with that a while ago. It was in the late 70s, beginning of the 80s. He discovered that if you dissolve deuterium and palladium and then electrolyze… use it for electrolysis, you get more energy out than you put in, and then that was called cold fusion. And everyone was running around trying to make free energy using cold fusion. And the Harwell Laboratory, at that time, the atomic energy research laboratory in the UK denied that and said “Oh, it doesn’t work”. He just kind of gave up on that, or at least it didn’t go anywhere. But more recently, he has told my colleague in Italy that in fact a much better electrode to use, or a much better material to use, is uranium, but in fact not palladium. But uranium dissolves much more hydrogen or deuterium because it goes into the interstices between these enormous uranium atoms because you know it has an atomic number of 92. So it’s a very very big atom and in the metallic matrix, there’s lots of spaces between the atoms where hydrogen can pack in, so enormous amounts of deuterium will actually just dissolve in solution into the uranium matrix. Now if you then compress it, it causes a cold fusion reaction, according to this guy, Emilio Della Guidice, whom I met in London. He told me about this. If you then compress a supersaturated solution of deuterium in uranium, there is nowhere for the deuterium to go so it compresses to the extent that it turns itself into helium-4 and produces tritium and a great gamma ray pulse with neutrons. It’s a two-stage reaction. So it is a cold fusion reaction.

    So in principle what you have to do is take a shell and fill it up with uranium powder and then dissolve deuterium, heavy hydrogen, in that and then fire it at something. So there is that something it squashes. It gets compressed and then you get this gigantic pulse of energy as a result of this fusion reaction – cold fusion. That is what he suggested is what this cold fusion weapon is.

    In fact, the Russians did talk about a similar weapon which they called “Red Mercury”. And they referred to it in the late part of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, sometime when there was a discussion between Reagan and some General in the Soviet system. They were bragging about the fact that they had this weapon that was about the size of a baseball that was a neutron bomb, and it had a density such that it weighed about 20 kilograms or so many kilograms. Anyway I have worked out that in order to be the size of a baseball and weigh whatever they said it weighed, it had to be to be uranium because that was the only thing that had sufficient density to weigh that much. So I think this weapon has been around for some time actually. So that’s all I know, but I don’t know anything about the super-thermite. But if a weapon exists, that’s how it works.

    weapons:http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/11/03/new-bombs-and-war-crimes-in-fallujah/

    • Alain

      I don’t like this conspiracy style, and storyy about 9/11 don’t resits evidence and occam razors…

      about neutron bomb, i’m afraid it is not impossible if you think Widom-Larsen theory is true.
      High slow neutrons generation is supposed to happen in LENR, at hydride surface.
      if the hydride is U238/U235/PU238 then you can expect fission to happen (after absorption and beta decay for U238), producing fast neutrons.
      fast neutrons don’t participate absorption if the critical mass is not reached, but they are not screened like gamma are by heavy electrons.

      this neutron “feeding” of nuclear wastes by Widom-Larsen LENR have been proposed a a green solution to waste nuke problem.

      behavior of the fission neutrons, and of the hydride is a big question.
      one could hopefully hope that fission induced fast neutrons, cause so much heating that it destroys the lattice and kill the reaction.
      but will it be quick enough to protect people around…

      note also that between the safety limit and the real danger , in radioactivity safety, the gap is huge…
      killing people really with radioactivity is not easy. even in tchernobyl, the suicide firemen that receive multiple sievert without protection, survived 80-90% with good russian treatments…
      and regulation is around a tenth of natural dose.

      as if passive smoking was feared for regular smokers.

    • http://www.choicedowsing.com kwhilborn

      Okay?

      How is a $5.5 million dollar donation towards a new energy source unrelated to Uranium related to atomic bombs and such?

      LENR research could prevent a nuclear holocaust.

      Imagine Nickel/Hydrogen LENR (a safe nuclear reaction) was already in use worldwide as our number one power source and all conventional nuclear power plants were shut down.

      The Worlds intelligence organizations could more easily track Uranium and other devices that go into the workings of atomic bombs.

      That; plus the fact that we will require no oil from the middle east once we have LENR power cars/trucks suggests LENR may save the world from world war 3.

    • Robert Mockan

      One of the reasons some LANR researchers experimented with uranium is to seek a way to release uranium fission energy without neutrons. Unfortunately the published results revealed although the uranium could be made to fission using LANR, the mass balance was nearly maintained such that the energy release was minimal. Thus one had fission of one uranium nuclei into 2 smaller atoms, but also fusion of mass from the hydrogen into the nuclei such that the mass balance was maintained. In other words the net binding energies were nearly identical between the reactants, and the products. Fission, and fusion, without large net energy release. Certainly it was (and still is) scientifically interesting, but not readily applicable to propulsion applications (my interest), or military applications. Busby may have anecdotal evidence, or not, (depending if his story is true at all), but documented evidence for what he describes does not exist in the public domain.

    • Robert Mockan

      Busby does not mention uranium deuteride was tested in early atomic bomb research of fusion boosted weapons. “Some” fusion was evident, but nothing like he is describing that would make possible tactical nuclear weapons using LANR. Fusion boosting today transmutes lithium bombarded with neutrons, from fission, at the time of explosion of a conventional atomic bomb, to make tritium (a radioactive hydrogen isotope), that fuses with deuterium to make helium nuclei.
      This all happens during the heat release and compression resulting from the detonation of the primary atomic bomb. When fusion boosting energy release is increased such that more energy comes from the fusion than the fission, they are called thermonuclear bombs, rather than just atomic bombs. The field is well developed, and there has never been mention of LANR applications in any peer reviewed literature for what Busby describes.

      • Ged

        I’ve always wondered how a Neutron bomb works–the third type of nuclear weapon. It gives off around 1 Gy of radiation without a massive explosion (heat), to kill all life (sans Dynococcus radiodurans). As you described earlier with the mass balance, that, I would expect, would prevent massive heat release and thus explosion, but still produce a bombardment of neutrons as is released by the aptly named Neutron bomb.

        So, would that process you mentioned or one similar like mentioned above, be used in Neutron bombs? Or is it something totally different?

        It has nothing to do with Rossi or LENR applications though; since we’re still talking about using weapons grade uranium or plutonium.

  • Y_Po

    Cold fusion was, still is and will stay pseudoscience filled with frauds/criminals like Rossi

    • timycelyn

      The opinion of a dolt

      • http://shake-speares-bible.com psi

        Ah Y_Po. How nice to see you in a forum other than theeestory.com. You haven’t changed, my friend. Anything you don’t understand is something done by “frauds and criminals.” What tmycelyn said.

        • Y_Po

          Oh, but I understand it perfectly.

    • http://www.choicedowsing.com kwhilborn

      Dolt. Yes dolt is fitting.

    • Roger Bird

      Y_Po, you are trying to stir up a response.

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    • Tony

      The opinion of a dolt.

    • Martin

      Krivit strikes again LOL :)

      • Don J

        Have you seen Krivits site lately? There is something wrong with this guy. We know he got busted misrepresenting facts so everything he writes is worthless anyway.

        • http://www.choicedowsing.com kwhilborn

          Krivit operates a website by what name?

          We know LENR will probably halt most green energy research, and stop people from buying windmills and such.

          What will Krivit do then?

          I think this technology will force Krivit into a career change, and this is why he has been going down kicking and screaming.

          • sapain

            i believe that lenr will help to increase the out out solar by lowering the cost and work in harmony with each other.
            focal light to increase fluid and gas temp, for heating and electric generation.
            silicon requires 6 grams per watt and at an aver of 10hrs per day over say 20 yrs that`s 73kwhrs/gram silicon is recycled.
            construction costs of wave and tidal will be slashed big time.
            fusion of the sun plus lenr equals alot of everything.

  • Jake

    Great news, I hope something good turns out of it.

    I’d advice Kimmel to split the donation between multiple institutions, and maybe even reputable individuals.
    Competition is good for everyone.

    • Robert Mockan

      Speaking as a reputable individual (hint), I agree entirely.

  • Iggy Dalrymple

    Why Is Missouri Called the “Show-Me” State?

    http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/history/slogan.asp

  • Robert Mockan

    If Pons and Fliechmann had not gone public over 20 years ago, and if there had not been a cadre of dedicated researchers who studied the phenomena globally since then, and if the publicity created by Rossi had not come to pass that has created a growing popular interest in the subject again, we might never have heard about “cold fusion” at all. Your monetary assistance could have been put to good use 20 years ago, Sidney.
    But better late than never.

    • http://www.choicedowsing.com kwhilborn

      Ge easy. This Billionaire has given over half his money away as it is to good causes.

      • Sanjeev

        0.5% of a billion, not half
        If he has 10B then 0.05%

        Only $5.5 which is 0% if you have only read the headline. ;)

        It is still a big news, sheep will follow sheep.

        • Daniel M. Basso

          It impresses me how people can’t resist the urge to correct others, to the point of not thinking twice (perhaps at all). [/end of recursive part]

          Did he say the billionaire donated half his money to cold fusion? No, it was to ‘good causes’, cancer research included (stated in the f**king article).

        • http://www.choicedowsing.com kwhilborn

          Sanjeev,

          When I said half. I did not mean he gave half to LENR research.

          This man has given half of his wealth away to good causes not including LENR research (check google). He is a known philanthropist.

          However your math is also way off. 5 million is .005 of a billion. A billion dollars is 1000 million not 100 million.

          Thanks Daniel M Basso also for sticking up for this.

          • Sanjeev

            I’m sorry I tried to correct you. By good cause I understood LENR, since we are on a pro-lenr site it looked obvious.

        • Iggy Dalrymple

          From various internet sources:

          Kimmel is now worth $465,000,000.

          He has given to various charities $750,000,000.

          He is the son of a Jewish cab driver.

  • Menos

    I have to laugh… just think LENR SKINR…. I wonder how the music sounds?

    Seriously, I think its totally wonderful that an entrepreneur is putting up the money to further the study of what maybe mankinds true renaissance in energy!

    • http://www.choicedowsing.com kwhilborn

      LMAO at LENR SKINR

    • daniel maris

      Of course – and weren’t they from Missouri?

  • dragon

    Bravo Sydney Kimmel. You restore some of the faith in humanity. Maybe not all the rich guys are evil, after all. Maybe…

    • Roger Bird

      dragon, that [rich people] = [evil people] formula is based upon resentment, envy, and bigotry. The correct formula is [rich people] = [people], implying that they have exactly the same moral elevation as everyone else.

      • http://sitonmyfacebook E-Cat Investor

        Compared to $4 billion $5 million is not much and yet it could be this guy’s legacy.

        • Roger Bird

          Interesting point. This could be the most important investment or gift that he has ever made.

  • http://www.choicedowsing.com kwhilborn

    Kudos Sidney Kimmel!

    This technology has been shrouded in people hiding behind pending patents.

    I myself have 3 children who will also benefit from this technology which could very well see 600 million smog producing cars and trucks off the road within the next decade.

    Thank-you

    I appreciate this even though I am not from Missouri or even the U.S. I am Canadian.

    Thank-you