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COLD FUSION: HERE WE GO AGAIN

Well, here we go again with the cold fusion story. Before I post the link, let's review the normal steps for the reporting of cold fusion, the "script" as it were, by which such claims are "handled" by the media and the scientific junta responding to such claims:

(1) a claim for cold fusion at less than the extraordinarily high temperatures of normal fusion (such as in stars) is made by off-the-reservation scientists (we'll call them "pseudo-scientists", the scientific magisterium's word for "infidel") working with relatively simple equipment, causing alchemical-like fusion transmutations of elements;

(2) a scientist or group of scientists representing the orthodox junta steps in and insists that the data or report is to be treated with skepticism because (insert reason here). Usually the reasons thus inserted run to (a) corrupted samples, (b) misinterpreted data, (c) incomplete reporting on data (note the variation on the theme), (d) falsification of data (note the subtle ad homimem implied) and my personal favorite (to be read in a German accent): (e) "such claims run counter to established theory and would overturn many of the assumptions underwriting it."

Now, with the script in mind, read the following article.

Italian Scientists Claim to have verified cold fusion

Here we have the typical "inventor-in-the-garage patents a wonderful new technology that will begin shipping out shortly to end the world's energy problems" story. In addition to this legitimate ground for skepticism, there is the fact that the scientists involved with this newest claim of cold fusion won't, in typical fashion, publish anything about their data or reactor. In this instance, the scientific orthodoxy junta's skepticism is well-represented by 9/11 nanothermite champion, Dr. Steven Jones, who, like me, is duly skeptical of the report.

It is in this case the emptiness of anything by way of hard data in this article that raises my "suspicion antennae", for why would an organization like physorg even bother reporting such a thing, unless it were only to reinforce the claim of "yet another cold fusion fraud" in the roll of of its own assertion at the begining of the article that since Pons and Fleischman's original announcement, "all other claims of cold fusion have been illegitimate, and studies have shown that cold fusion is theoretically implausible, causing mainstream science to become highly speculative of the field in general" (emphasis added).

But even this history of "alternative science" is an orthodox historical view imposed by an orthodox scientific junta, for as I detailed in The Nazi International, the very first claims for a kind of "cold fusion" were in fact made by Dr. Ronald Richter, working in Argentina, ostensibly for Juan Peron, in 1951(pp. 249-250). And, predictably, the script was followed closely, even back then in Richter's case, with Richter claiming he had found a new class of phenomena, and with an Argentine physicist (Dr. Jose Balseiro), providing objections all based in standard theory.

In the case of Richter, however, there was an additional script that was being followed closely, that of "public media denunciation" and secret US Air Force investigation, and even there, scientists could not make up their minds, but whatever one said of Richter, there was no middle ground in the US Air Force files: he was either a montebank, swindler, and fraud, or as one Atomic Energy Commission scientist put it, "a mad genius working in the 1970s."

And while we're at it, let's not forget Philo Farnsworth and his 1965 fusion claims in a device no larger than a softball, claims that were reported, then quickly shuffled aside into the corporate patent vaults of ITT, where they remain.

What interests me most is the historical claim made in the article itself, without any referencing historical data to back it up, that all such claims have been refuted. As the article states, Dr Jones demands more evidence on the data of the Italians' experiments, and rightly so. So too, I would like to know the detailed response to experiments outlines on pages 246-247 of Eugene Mallove's study of the cold fusion phenomenon and of the scientific establishment's reactions to it, as found in his 1991 book Fire From Ice.  Or what about the Hitachi patents in Japan, JP 90,276, 989 or JP 90,276,990, or the private Japanese patent JP 90, 271, 288, and on and on we could go... Has Hitachi, or for that matter, the Japanese government, taken leave of their senses? Or has the scientific junta simply failed to investigate because the phenomenon does not fit a theory?

And let's not forget, Dr. Mallove was murdered on his own property. There were, and are, of course, any number of people maintaining that it was all a tragic accident and crime, of Dr. Mallove being at the wrong place at the wrong time. But I, for one, do not buy that explanation for a minute.

Whether or not the Italian scientists are reporting something legitimate, or whether it is just another story of the garage inventor with plans for a device to solve the world's energy problems is, from the standpoint of the wider history and implications of the whole phenomenon itself, a moot point. I remain skeptical of the claims, but I am equally skeptical of the scientific junta's skepticism.

11 thoughts on “COLD FUSION: HERE WE GO AGAIN”

  1. Christian de Coninck Lucas

    Hey Joseph.

    Long time, no chat 🙂 I case you are wondering I still follow your work even though nothing came of our short collaboration. Some very stimulating email correspondence though.

    BTW, it is not the first time physorg reports on cold fusion. They did quite a good piece on the work done by the Naval Space Warfare Labs…not that anyone in the mainstream noticed.
    Anyways, in case you are not aware of this:

    Source: http://lenr-canr.org/

    Rossi 18-hour demonstration

    February 2011, updated March 2011

    On February 10 and 11, 2011, Levi et al. (U. Bologna) performed another test of the Rossi device. Compared to the January 14 test, they used a much higher flow rate, to keep the cooling water from vaporizing. This is partly to recover more heat, and partly because Celani and others criticized phase-change calorimetry as too complicated. There were concerns about the enthalpy of wet steam versus dry steam, and the use of a relative humidity meter to determine how dry the steam was. A source close to the test gave Jed Rothwell the following figures. These are approximations:

    Duration of test: 18 hours
    Flow rate: 3,000 L/h = ~833 ml/s.
    Cooling water input temperature: 15°C
    Cooling water output temperature: ~20°C
    Input power from control electronics: variable, average 80 W, closer to 20 W for 6 hours

    The temperature difference of 5°C * 833 ml = 4,165 calories/second = 17,493 W. Observers estimated average power as 16 kW. A 5°C temperature difference can easily be measured with confidence.

    3,000 L/h is 793 gallons/h, which is the output of a medium-sized $120 ornamental pond pump.

    The control electronics input of ~80 W is in line with what was reported for tests before Jan. 14. Input power was high on that day because there was a problem with cracked welding, according to the Levi report.

    18 hours * 16 kW = 288 kWh = 1,037 MJ. That is the amount of energy in 26 kg of gasoline (7.9 gallons). Given the size and weight of the device, this rules out a chemical source of energy.

    Levi et al. are expected to write another paper about this test. We will upload it when it becomes available. NyTeknik published a fascinating description of the latest experiment (in English). This includes new details, such as the fact that the power briefly peaked at 130 kW. NyTeknik also published an interview with two outside experts about the demonstration: Prof. Emeritus at Uppsala University Sven Kullander, chairman of the National Academy of Sciences Energy Committee, and Hanno Essén, associate professor of theoretical physics, Swedish Royal Institute of Technology. Two versions are available, in English and Swedish.

    On March 3, Rossi conducted an informative on-line chat with NyTeknik readers.

    Rossi and U. Bologna have announced that tests on the device will continue for a year.

  2. Josh Zepps on his program Brink interviewed a man who told him that military was looking into Cold Fusion and with what is happening in Japan with their Fukshima reactors break dancing after the earthquake and tsunami they better move fast on changing the way they produce power soon before their next quake and big wave. By the way Brink was on the Science Channel I say was because except for a hour long show on Mars he off that channel could that interview kick his show off the air.

  3. Having written for Dr. Mallove’s magazine, Infinite Energy, and followed the Cold Fusion topic (and related alternative energy work) for many years through the magazine, I have no doubt whatsoever that his murder was an assassination.

    It happened barely two weeks before the DOE was going to review the Cold Fusion subject, and Mallove was prepared to present significant data which would have made it impossible to continue to refute the reality of Cold Fusion. He was powerfully persuasive, and a man of such high ethical standards (he quit his job as head of PR for MIT over their Cold Fusion faked research scandal, and started the magazine to inform the world), that they knew they could not buy him off, nor could they refute his data. There was only one choice left to prevent him from getting the facts so visibly and powerfully into the public record.

    How they arranged his death and covered their tracks will never be completely known, any more than we will ever have definitive answers in JFK’s death. The technology for taking over and controlling people is well developed, and not at all a part of the public’s understanding.

    The proximity of the DOE review and subsequent toning down of the magazine after his death argues far too strongly against mere chance.

    The desired effect was achieved. Nothing official changed, and the primary champion and most powerful voice for alternative energy research was effectively silenced forever.

  4. NAZIS IN POINT PLEASANT?

    I came across an interesting website a few days back,within it the author
    points out that I.G Farben set up shop within the TNT area,a character by the name of Indrid cold is mentioned ,but the author maintains that this was an anagram or code for cold implosion technology being reseached at the time within the area. whats also interesting is that the remains of a u-boat were found by divers 60 miles of the coast of point pleasant.

    I would love here your opinion on this joseph

    The title of the article is The meaning of Indrid Cold& The spawn of Indrid Cold.

  5. hi,

    well the gizadeathstar link still doesn’t work–and now I’m on a different faster computer and web connection.

    thanks for the other link; it worked. nice to see the words self-sustaining in there.

    the CBS 60 Minutes story on Cold Fusion ran on April 19th, 2009.

  6. Disregard my alchemy post above–I put it on the wrong page.

    First, the link to the Italian Cold Fusion story doesn’t appear to work.

    Also there’s earlier reports than Richter’s cold fusion–a man named Andre Helbronner was doing that kind of work in Paris in the 1920s.

    Anyhow, even CBS’s 60 Minutes did a long piece on the confirmation of Cold Fusion about two years ago-. I can look up the exact date latter. And CBS most certainly made sure to find more than one group which had replicated Cold Fusion.

  7. MattB-

    Despite your claims you don’t appear to know much about alchemy–Farrell’s “Philosopher’s Stone” though a good book is not a major text.

    Of course, China, particulary those living in cities aren’t simply eating rice–China does have the monies to raises other food.

    Yes, powerful alternative technology is pontentially tricky to use–but I can sure think of reasonably recent big uses of it.

    To me, and clearly not to you, big scary China bent on subverting the powers of the world is mostly the marketing of fear–reads similar to some of Bearden.

  8. regarding the murder conspiracy thing, I see that one of
    the assailants’ mother had been renting there, and that
    the assailant had a previous record for criminal threatening.
    Seems to me someone should look into what sequence of
    events led to her renting there in the first place. Maybe
    someone knowing the situation would be unstable, and a
    violent son in the picture, pointed her in that direction?

    Instead of straight planned out murder, monkey wrenching.
    Create a situation, or try to, that has a big potential to end
    this way, either death or disablement. If that fails, try
    again.

    Can you spell “plausible deniability?”

    Of course, I might be wrong. Then again, a similar effect
    could result from spell casting, non local effect.

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