David Hambling, who writes for WIRED UK, is one of the few journalists who has given good attention to LENR developments over the years. He has just continued his coverage with a new article titled “The Cold Fusion Race Just Heated Up” in which he covers the Lugano report and the latest experimental report by Alexander Parkhomov.
David Hambling expresses surprise regarding the Lugano report:
Given his keep-’em-waiting approach, few believed Rossi’s repeated assertions over the years that an independent scientific study of the E-Cat really was on the way. Amazingly enough, in October a report appeared authored by, among others, researchers from the University of Uppsala and University of Bologna. Even more astoundingly, it was completely positive.
And even more regarding the work of Parkhomov:
The arguments about the Lugano Report continue, meanwhile there has been an even more surprising development. Prof Alexander Parkhomov of Lomonosov Moscow State University has published a paper describing his successful replication of the E-Cat, based on the available information about it. The paper is in Russian; there is a link and commentary and video in English on E-Cat World. Parkhomov’s results are more modest, but the energy output of his cloned E-Cat claimed to be up to 2.74 times as great as the input.
When David contacted me asking for my thoughts regarding the significance of Parkhomov’s work, I told him what I have written here — that if someone can now replicate Parkhomov’s experiment, I don’t see any rational way that people can continue to deny that Rossi has what he has always claimed to have.
None of this is really new to regular readers here, and I supposed over the years we have become rather blasé about the topic — but as David Hambling here indicates, if all this is real, it really is astonishing, surprising, and astounding if looked at from the perspective of established science, because what is being reported by Rossi and Parkhomov is considered to be impossible. To admit its reality casts doubt on so many scientific and technological assumptions that run extremely deep not only in science, but in economics, politics, education and philosophy.
In many ways mainstream news media outlets act as gatekeepers to what is considered acceptable and true, and because LENR is so hard to swallow they have tended to either ignore or ridicule claims as ‘fantastic’ as Andrea Rossi’s. Even in this article, while taking the topic seriously, David Hambling still maintains a very cautious approach.
When the time comes that the ‘impossible’ is accepted to indeed be real and practical, I think it will make some very big waves, and cause many people to question long-held assumptions not only about the science involved, but also about the trust we put in those considered by many to be the gatekeepers of knowledge and truth.