Wired Publishes Cold Fusion Review

A new article entitled “Cold fusion: smoke and mirrors, or raising a head of steam?” written by David Hambling has been published in Wired.co.uk about the current state of affairs in the world of cold fusion/LENR. For those who have been following the news, there really isn’t much new information, but Hambling does a good job of hitting on some of the most important stories that have been going on over the last few months. He covers Rossi, Celani, Brillouin, Defkalion and also discusses NASA and Boeing’s interest in using LENR in aircraft. Hambling includes quotes from Steven Krivit of New Energy Times who believes that the most important event of the last few months was the death of Martin Fleischmann, which represented the end of an era.

The article concludes on a positive note and indicates the potential for practical applications of cold fusion technology

The field is looking less like the domain of tinkering eccentrics; increasingly it seems to be getting taken seriously as a business proposition. Technology is being licensed and companies are being set up. In the words of the Boeing/Nasa report: “LENR technology is potentially game-changing to not just aviation, but the worldwide energy mix as well. This technology should be followed to determine feasibility and potential performance.”

It’s nice to see accurate coverage of cold fusion in a widely read publication. It all helps towards raising awareness among the public.

  • http://deadstickarizona-zedshort.blogspot.com/ Zedshort

    It’s unfortunate that the article is simply a rehash of what we here already know. What ever happened to the day when writers were also investigators and put on their shoes and actually did some original digging? Any of us here could have written that article.

    • georgehants

      Zedshort, it is a fact that if science wishes to learn about Cold Fusion it must come to this Website to get the most up to date and important Evidence and moderated discussion.
      There is no professional coverage beyond denial and debunking.
      What a horrific reflection on modern Science.

      • http://www.lenrforum.eu Alain

        So it will be industrial before they accept it …
        Cool! will be discount sale on science boss and wikipedia admin.

    • daniel maris

      Yes journalists seemed to have stopped working. There is a story here whether it is genuine or a scam.

  • http://www.electric-sailing.fi Pekka Janhunen

    Somewhat off-topic, food for thought. Article “Absorbing Hydrogen Turns Palladium Into A Quasi Liquid” (http://www.technologyreview.com/view/421755/absorbing-hydrogen-turns-palladium-into-a-quasi/), demonstration how a palladium stick droops by gravity when absorbing hydrogen although retaining its pull strength.
    Some of the comments are interesting. “ZephirX” makes a connection to cold fusion and gives a link to John Kanzius who decomposed salt water into hydrogen and oxygen by tuned radio waves. Freely interpreted, ZephirX’s point seems to be that maybe Kanzius’ burning salt water demonstrates a process which is similar to a resonant theory of LENR (also invoking an analogy between liquid H2O and quasi-liquid Pd-D).

    • http://www.electric-sailing.fi Pekka Janhunen

      It’s also interesting because Pd-D being quasi-liquid is in seeming contradiction with hydrogen usually making metals brittle rather than ductile. It’s like asking nature is it brittle or ductile and nature answers: it’s a brittle liquid, would you please rephrase your question…

      • georgehants

        When one moves into the science of the Quantum World, all is interesting and a wonder.
        It is a shame that many people are fooled into believing that a working knowledge of the Quantum is difficult, the average eight year old is well able to understand the basic concepts.
        The reason is that nobody understands the Quantum in any deterministic classical way beyond the fact that it is the most accurate predictor of the classical World.
        —–
        God Runs Electromagnetics By Wave Theory On Monday, Wednesday, And Friday, And The Devil Runs Them By Quantum Theory On Tuesday, Thursday, And Saturday.
        – William Bragg

      • Mike

        I would agree with you : it seems a weird explanation.
        I would have thought that the hydrogen might cause micro- cracking at the surface of the metal which will reduce the effective cross section and bending resistance of the palladium rod.
        This will cause it to bend more. (I think the cracking occurs when the hydrogen is absorbed into the metal and damages the metal’s lattice structure?}

        • http://www.electric-sailing.fi Pekka Janhunen

          Yes. It might have happened as follows: Hydrogen penetrates the surface layer and makes it brittle, but especially also makes it swell. In the upper part some semi-macroscopic cracks open which let more hydrogen in than on the bottomside. Thus it is the nonsymmetrical swelling of the surface layer that makes it bend downwards rather than gravity, but gravity produces the seed and defines the direction of the process. So their interpretation that it is quasi-liquid might be quasi-wrong.

  • LENR4you

    Is the “Weak Force” the Key to LENR?
    By David Niebauer | 13 September 2012

    The article was now also re-published at theenergycollective.com – a highly reputable platform sponsored by Siemens. (thx to HHR)

    http://theenergycollective.com/cleantech-blog-neal-dikeman-and-richard-stuebi-et-al/112566/weak-force-key-lenr

    LENR4you.com

  • Sergio

    I just watched Chain Reaction (1996) again last night because of Rossi, and I have to say the parallels between the film and the LENR revolution are amazing. I highly recommend, for a little bit of entertainment, the high quality version of the film (get bluray), which has seen a spike in sales and downloads since January last year. I remember back in the day, early 2000’s maybe, how everyone was hysteric about the impossibility of the script. The movie subsequently suffered low ratings, even though it was actually very well written and made. Sure there was a bunch of cliched parts (characteristic of the 90’s), but if we look over that then the movie was extremely underrated. Anyway, it was good fun to see it again, this time from a different perspective :)

  • andreiko

    Geachte weldenkenden,

    LENR = coldfusion? Beter lijkt mij fusie opgang gebracht bij relatief lagetemperatuur, de fusietemperatuur bij mutatie of anderzins binnen de atoomstructuren kunnen niet anders zijn dan bij het fusie proces van de zon.

    De visie van een nieuwsgierige .

    • Andrew Macleod

      Ya Lenr=ColdFusion

  • Karl

    I don’t think the link to the post “Cold Fusion Catalyst” has been visible here. Certainly a very interesting read about possible catalyst at http://e-catsite.com/

  • Sanjeev

    Alan on Vortex posted that he added info about this Wired article on the wiki page and it was deleted in exactly 2 minutes.

    You are now witnessing the suppression as it happens. :D
    No news for you GreenWin.

    • Andrew Macleod

      This is horrible! Im boycotting wiki.

    • Robyn

      Yeah, it sounds like someone at Wikipedia has a pretty repressive hand on this, but I don’t mind.

      CF is cutting edge, and Wikipedia isn’t. Being conservative is in the nature of establishment institutions (isn’t it funny to think of them as “establishment”?)

      This is common for Wikipedia in most controversial areas, and that’s not a bad thing: you turn to establishment institutions for establishment information — the middle of the bell curve — where innovation never happens.

      It’s like asking for the most consensus state of the art: and CF technology is not consensus state of the art. Heck I think CF is valid, and I can’t find anything to prove it, just reading the glimpses of these articles and posts.

  • vbasic

    Science question.

    Some of the LENR theories have hydrogen acting as a virtual neutron or transformed to neutrons. So I was wondering, why not cut out the middle man at least in experments?

    Has anyone ever blasted Nickel with neutrons to see what happens? Since all elements above Nickel were created through neutron absorption, it might be an interesting test to see how much transmutation and energy is released.
    I know in houses or factories they wouldn’t use actual neutron generators to make LENR devices. But as a science experiment if the results were similar to LENR devices, it might help validate some of the theories.

    • Ivan_cev

      I read is not just simple neutrons, some theories say the hydrogen atom shrink so other atoms look at it as a neutron. this goes on until hydrogen get an isotope (4) then it decays into helium(4). A simple way to detect cold fusion in this case should be to mesure helium, but I think the difficulty is that this atoms are so small that most materials are porous at this level.
      Others speak about low momentum protons or slow protons.
      But your idea is good it could make a good test.

      • Ivan_cev

        Storms say that this accumulation of Hydrogen isotopes happens in the cracks and some kind of resonance allow it, He called the area Active Nuclear environment.
        Celani does something similar creating a sponge like structure in the exterior of the isotan 44 wire. In the old days Fleishman will create this cracks in Palladium by loading the lattice with deuterium.
        Rossi uses nickel powder and a secret catalyzer, will the nickel powder have cracks? are the mechanism of the reaction different? is not know with Rossi NDA are very much in use.
        Abundo uses a plasma electrolysis,and small bits of tungsten, there is so much steam and light in the process is quiet impressive, also Abundo has made a very nice setup to filter the high frequency pulses that will distort the measurements of power.

      • GreenWin

        Carlo Rubia & De Ninno at ENEA showed the appearance of He4 in repeated cold fusion experiments (2002.) The report was submitted to 41 different “scientific” journals for publishing, but even the participation of Nobel laureate Rubbia could not change the censors hand. “Report 41″ was rejected by every single journal.

        http://www.lenr-canr.org/acrobat/DeNinnoAexperiment.pdf

    • Nicholas Payne

      I was shown today how you can use a Q switched NdYag laser designed for cosmetic purposes to “crack the air” by focusing the beam down you can create a momentary plasma in the air with each pulse. Each 10ns pulse has a 120MW of power, must be useful for something besides the removal of hair, tattoos and toenail fungus.

    • freethinker

      I think one important factor is the velocity. If you bombard the nickel from some source the will be of relatively high velocity and be extreaneous to the lattice. Compare this with hydrogen and electrons slowly moving along in the lattice to the discontinuity in the fracture of the lattice which i the active region. (this is, I guess, Edmund Storms theory).
      I would say that neutron in the first case would have less probability to trigger the reaction, compared to the latter, where hydrogen, deuterium an tritium would be fusing in the active region, from the hydrogen being driven there inside the lattice

  • Ivan_cev

    Abundo, Celani, Piantelly, Rossi, Errata, Focardi…..We will soon need to learn Italian to keep updated. Abundo is the key, open source, not for profit, no NDA this is the guy we need to follow. Lets came back to Rossi when he shows something concret.

    • Tony76

      Agreed.
      Abundo is the only deeply intelligent being in that list – knowing as he does that :
      1. Open Science is critical to get LENR out and at the service of mankind
      2. His fame and fortune will be assured.

      The others in the list are out for filthy lucre and “world domination”.

  • georgehants

    Chance for you techy’s to earn some cash.
    —–
    Andrea Rossi
    September 14th, 2012 at 1:54 PM
    Dear Bernie Koppenhofer, please help me: I need to make the desalination at a very cheap price, using the lower possible temperature: didtillation is not competitive, even with the E-Cat. We are working on it, but any help, if effective, will be paid.
    Warmest Regards,
    A.R.

    • Lu

      I don’t know why Rossi is trying himself to do desalination. This is a longstanding and important technical challenge for sure but there are many in the world who have the expertise and are working on this problem. If they see that Rossi’s E-Cat helps they will use it, believe me. The best thing Rossi can do is to bring cheap energy to the market. The market will take care of the rest.

      • Omega Z

        Lu

        Many people post to Rossi about this. Those deprived of basic water needs probably weighs on him.

        But I agree. Rossi should Focus on the bringing the E-cat to market. Then develop the most Efficient, Flexible, highest COP E-cat possible.

        Others can tackle the Desalinization process. The E-cat will provide 1 more tool for them to work with.

  • Lu

    Cold fusion IBTimes IT interview Aldo Proia CEO Prometeon Srl

    http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?act=url&depth=1&hl=en&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&tl=en&twu=1&u=http://it.ibtimes.com/articles/35836/20120913/fusione-fredda-intervista-esclusiva-ad-aldo-proia.htm&usg=ALkJrhjPHZJcyZHGzuwVdBQNB02iejiM8Q

    I hope the URL works. Very interesting interview. “the E-Cat is a Ferrari that is made ​​to walk like a turtle..”

    • Ged

      It is very interesting. I am curious about the point that Rossi is left as only a spectator to the testing going on the past months… and the talk of physicists and other consultants assisting in the current work.

      • Lu

        I think Aldo Proia said this to indicate that the tests were more or less independent tests. (Ignore for a while a picture in the report that looks like Rossi disassembling a hot E-Cat). Also the mention of physicists and consultants had to do with Aldo Proia using them in evaluating the E-Cat technology before investing.

        I thought the point that it will be much easier to test when they repeat these tests with gas and electric E-Cats was good. No questions about electric input then.

        The final validation according to Proia will now take another 3 months and then be published (which could take more time).

    • Tangled Connections

      A very interesting interview. Slightly disappointed in the timeline for the home unit but lots of positives re the background and infrastructure of the company.

  • Sanjeev

    I have launched a war there. :D
    Hitting all ignorant commenters.

    • http://www.lenr.tk/blog/?page_id=45 barty

      take a look at “maryyugo”. he’s very ignorant.

      • Andrew Macleod

        She is very ignorant.

        • Lu

          maryyugo is a he and he is not ignorant–just persistent in his convictions to the point of neurosis.

    • Gerrit

      When commenting, think of all the uninvolved, interested readers that might read your response. Stay polite, offer links, explanations. Don’t work for the trollers, but answer what they don’t want to hear, don’t bite. Be a gentleman and people will trust you more than them. -> we win :-)

      • Ged

        Good words to live by.

      • Sanjeev

        Exactly, it is only for the newcomers. No amount of facts and proofs are going to convince those who have already made up their mind.

      • Andrew Macleod

        You can lead a horse to water…………..

  • Nudge

    Positive mention in popular science magazine, at the end of section 13 last sentence.

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg18524911.600-13-things-that-do-not-make-sense.html?page=5

    • http://www.electric-sailing.fi Pekka Janhunen

      From 2005 and unseen. I must have been ignorant.

    • Jim Johnson

      Nice quote from the New Scientist article:

      —quote—
      The snag is that fusion at room temperature is deemed impossible by every accepted scientific theory.

      That doesn’t matter, according to David Nagel, an engineer at George Washington University in Washington DC. Superconductors took 40 years to explain, he points out, so there’s no reason to dismiss cold fusion. “The experimental case is bulletproof,” he says. “You can’t make it go away.”

  • Ged

    Congrats on getting directly quoted, Frank!

  • http://deadstickarizona-zedshort.blogspot.com/ Zedshort

    I wonder what it will take for institutions like the American Physical Society to come around and change their view of Cold Fusion. Back in the early days of CF they opened up one of their publications to anybody and they published the most bizarre range of “inventions” that would supposedly employ CF. The result was a cartoon version of that publication. I think they did it in a sarcastic way in an effort to cast aspersions on the budding field of investigation into CF. I am sure that very soon they will wish they had not done that and would like to see every copy shredded. You can find a copy of that edition in any research library. Sorry, I don’t recall what year or month, but probably ’89-’90.

    • Ivan_cev

      Will take reproducible experiments and tests with control devices, to put aside the doubt of wrong measurements.

  • barty

    Hehe, there is already someone who said “There is not a single respectable scientist” in the “wired”-comment section.

    Just another one who stuck in 1989…

    • AB

      His definition of respectable scientists probably excludes all cold fusion researchers. Thus, there are no respectable scientists in the field of cold fusion…

    • Andrew Macleod

      Another one of George’s “opinion experts”.

    • Claes

      There’s a good reason. Unless you’re a distinguished professor and a made man so to spreak, you’re truly betting the farm if you go anywhere near it. If it wasn’t that way you would probably not see that culture of cowardice that today masquerading as prudence. I’m not saying it should be embraced uncritically, but just that what might appear to be weird ideas to some could at least be evaluated with an open mind by those who would like to do so. But – again – one must remember that on the personal level it’s hard to ask people to ditch their whole career and livelihood.

      • GreenWin

        “…that culture of cowardice that today masquerading as prudence.”

        One of the very positive reformations to come from LENR is a restructuring of “respectable” science. All reproducible scientific evidence must be accepted. Opinion “experts” regardless of status will not be allowed to set policy.

        And the walls come tumbling down.

        • Ivan_cev

          To admin: I will suggest to have a voluntary option in the main menu, for the people who comment to put a bit of their background, so the readers could put comments in a realistic frame.

          • georgehants

            Ivan, what difference to a comment does it make if the writer is a Nobel Prize winner or a dustman.
            The only thing that matters is what is said, the idea that people with qualifications are capable of talking any sense is blown apart with Cold Fusion and many other subjects.
            The only “realism” is judgement of the comments Logic, Common-sense and Truth everything else is irrelavent.
            Although a little insight and humour can help aesthetically.

            • Ivan_cev

              Will make a huge difference one make an educated reasonable comment, the other an emotional.
              experience is also important, many assumptions are made on idealistic grounds. Also why some people like me make mistakes in writing as English is not my mother language.

              • georgehants

                Ivan, I said it does not matter who writes something, it only matter what it contains.
                Their emotions, qualifications, belief in God or sexual orientation has nothing to do with if they comment with, Logic Common-sense or Truth.
                Time to remove this ides that scientists have the slightest idea what they are talking about outside of a very restricted area.

                • albert

                  amen…

          • Jim Johnson

            Ivan, have you considered getting a domain name and a site and hosting your own LENR forum? It’s really not complicated technically, and can be done for well under $100 per year.

  • AstralProjectee

    Wired has always shined a good light on cold fusion/LENR. Kudos to them.

  • Sanjeev

    Yes, nice to see an accurate summary. Things are surely changing and some reporters are doing actual research to write up articles and talking to people ‘in know’, first hand, ….instead of blindly parroting wikijunk.

    I was totally shocked to see that the SGS certificate was called “irrelevant to Ecat” and “a forged document” by the wiki overlords. The talk section was also locked down. Why is one person making all decisions there ?

    Other thing I noticed in mainstream and in general is that the healthy skepticism (rare) also has a slight negative bias. For example the wired article suffixed “apparently working” before the Celani demo, but takes the news of Ecat funding being withdrawn as a proven fact. He did not question whether the test really took place or who were the investors etc etc.

    In this case a statement by one unknown person (Holms) was given more weight than a live demo witnessed by many learned scientists. The skepticism is a good thing, but it should not be asymmetric.

    • GreenWin

      Sanjeev, the users of wiki-anything need to know it is under the full and total control of totalitarians. It is based on hearsay, particularly hearsay approved by self-appointed experts.

  • KenLebrun

    This is great news. Finally some accurate media coverage.

    • Ivan_cev

      It is great!