#1 - Posted: 06/08/2008 15:09
Cold Fusion never went away in the US – it just went underground. In Japan, it never even went underground. In May, for example, a distinguished Japanese professor called Yokiashi Arata gave a demonstration of his cold fusion cell at Osaka university. I don’t know Arata’s work, but he has a building named after him at the university and he got an award from the Japanese emperor in 2006, so he’s no fly-by-night. Turns out (as you’d expect, maybe) that it’s impossible to verify his claims of producing excess heat, as described in this critique of Arata’s work. Whatever the eventual truth, it’s nice to see that the low energy nuclear reactions (that’s cold fusion to you and me) people are at least doing critiques and a bit harder to convince than maybe they were at first…If you want more on this frankly murky topic, visit here.
I still don’t know how to even begin to make sense of it – there’s so much to wade through. Maybe that’s why mainstream science just leaves it alone. Anyway, I see it’s the International Cold Fusion Conference in Washington DC next week, so I’ll post some more here then.