Financial Times References LENR (Gerrit & Ian Walker)

Thanks to Gerrit and Ian Walker for this reference to an article in the Financial Times

Financial Times: Hope springs eternal for nuclear fusion breakthrough

While the report deals mainly with hot fusion the comments on cold fusion are remarkably referencing Huw Price’s recent publication:

“While there is considerable interaction between scientists working on hot fusion, cold fusion research takes place in a world of its own. Many mainstream scientists will not touch LENR which they see as tainted by the cold fusion fiasco of 1989, when Profs Fleischmann and Pons claimed to have achieved fusion on a lab bench — an experiment that others could not reproduce. However, after more than 25 years of experimentation, several research groups have built up evidence that real nuclear reactions lay behind the pair’s results. The problem according to Professor Huw Price, a philosopher of science at Cambridge university, is that cold fusion became a “reputation trap” which most researchers avoid because they know the scientific world will not take their work seriously.”

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/fa1aa276-a41e-11e5-873f-68411a84f346.html (Full article not available for free to non-subscribers)

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Hi all

The Financial Times today posted an article on Fusion that finaly gives LENR a fair shake in the main stream media:

“…Lurking out in left field is a third way — utterly different in that it claims to release fusion energy in much more moderate conditions, close to room temperature. This approach, a successor to the “cold fusion” experiments carried out by Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann in 1989 and now usually called “low energy nuclear reaction” or LENR, is ignored by the scientific mainstream but making progress according to devotees in labs around the world…”

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/fa1aa276-a41e-11e5-873f-68411a84f346.html#axzz3xWVCB2vo
Follow the link to see the article in full.

Hopefully it will also cause more research funding for LENR to materialise.

Kind Regards walker

19 Replies to “Financial Times References LENR (Gerrit & Ian Walker)”

    1. I can’t agree. Any article that includes the following statement (and virtually all do):

      “…when Profs Fleischmann and Pons claimed to have achieved fusion on a lab bench — an experiment that others could not reproduce…..”

      Is simply regurgitating the lies of the hot fusion types, and has NOT “done their homework”.

      1. But this…
        However, after more than 25 years of experimentation, several research
        groups have built up evidence that real nuclear reactions lay behind the
        pair’s results.

        …contradicts it totally. So FT , strangely, is acknowledging the evidence. Even though they keep it under fog, at least they did not declare cold fusion as “pathological science” blindly this time.

        1. Yes, but the way the article puts it still leaves the impression that Pons and Fleischmann were wrong/frauds/incompetent, instead of the fathers of a new energy era…….which era would have come much sooner without the pathological opposition, lies, and frauds perpetrated by the hot fusion sorts.

          The “opposition” has proven themselves to be in actuality everything they accused P&F of being, and worse.

          I guess a backhanded acknowledgement is better than no acknowledgement at all though….on that point you are correct.

          1. This will eventually evolve into:

            The marbled institutions were totally wrong for all the right reasons because they are so brilliant.
            And “being responsible” will be another phrase that they’ll hide behind.

            We’ll never hear that they are idiot savants with no extinction of memory who are
            rewarded for parroting what their professors preach.

          2. ‘that many could not reproduce’, implying that some could, would be phrasing fairer to the fathers of a new world.

            In time this will sink in.

  1. Those who can’t get the full article should search for “Hope springs eternal for nuclear fusion breakthrough” with google and then click on the google search result.

    1. BTW, this is a good trick that works on many publications with a pay-wall. The reason it works is an over ten years old agreement between Google and many news outlets, called First Click Free, which guarantees that news items behind pay walls show up in search results, but also that users can read the whole article when clicking on the search link, probably in order to avoid frustration.

      https://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.se/2015/09/first-click-free-update.html

  2. I met Clive Cookson, the Author of this piece for several hours in August 2003 at the FT head offices in London – he is sitting on a lot of material and this is a good starting position for the FT to get ahead of any potential announcements whilst keeping the credibility they rely on.

  3. “In 1976, US government officials set out plans for nuclear fusion power that suggested the first working demonstration reactors could be starting up in 2005-10 at the latest. The latest experimental reactor, ITER in France, is scheduled to start its first fusion reactions in 2027. When the first demonstration plants might be built is anybody’s guess.” Financial Times, 1/17/2016
    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1d43cb22-a3ef-11e5-873f-68411a84f346.html

    A fascinating study in the psychology of those hoping to obfuscate their failures.

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