So many of you sent me this one, and indeed, it was also in a couple of automatic mailings of various sites that I subscribe to, that I simply have to report on it. It seems that Italian engineer Dr Andrea Rossi's cold fusion reactor, which has been running steadily now for some time, has received at least a first tacit nod from other scientists:

Cold fusion reactor independently verified, has 10,000 times the energy density of gas

Something the article states is worth repeating here: this first nod is not yet peer-reviewed, in other words, Rossi's E-CAT converter has not yet been given the final "seal of approval" so to speak.

All of this once again made me think, or rather, speculate, on what the ultimate reasons for the suppression of cold fusion may have been. Granted, to speak of "suppression" now is anachronistic, for even MIT is hosting seminars on the subject, when formerly it led the charge against Pons and Fleischmann. But nevertheless, as the late Dr. Eugene Mallove more than adequately documented in his book Fire from Ice and subsequently in the magazine that he founded, Infinite Energy, there was a mad rush in science to silence the subject altogether, to brand Pons and Fleischmann as frauds, and to close down any further public inquiry. The whole episode strikes me still as too peculiar and strange to be written off merely to "bad science" or "flawed public policy", and even Hollywood got in on the act.  There was, for example, the Keanu Reeves-Morgan Freeman movie Chain Reaction, in which cold fusion is suggestively attained by incorporation of the phenomenon of sonoluminescence via a resonant frequency.  At approximately the same time there was the Val Kilmer-Elizabeth Shue movie The Saint, in which Kilmer, playing the role of Simon Templar, steals a cold fusion formula from Oxford physicist Elizabeth Shue.

Fiction aside, it would appear that Rossi's device is in line with current thinking and theorizing on the cold fusion phenomenon:

The device being tested, which is called the Energy Catalyzer (E-Cat for short), was created by Andrea Rossi. Rossi has been claiming for the past two years that he had finally cracked cold fusion, but much to the chagrin of the scientific community he hasn’t allowed anyone to independently analyze the device — until now. While it sounds like the scientists had a fairly free rein while testing the E-Cat, we should stress that they still don’t know exactly what’s going on inside the sealed steel cylinder reactor. Still, the seven scientists, all from good European universities, obviously felt confident enough with their findings to publish the research paper."

As you can imagine, any time an inventor will not allow the entire invention to be scrutinized, alarm bells go off and red flags are raised.  Even worse, as the article avers, there even appear to be "secret ingredients" in Rossi's fusion alchemy, and there is another red-flag-raiser for conventional science, namely, getting more energy out than is put in:

"As far as we can tell, the main barrier to cold fusion — as with normal fusion — is producing more energy than you put in. In NASA’s tests, it takes a lot more energy to fuse the nickel and hydrogen than is produced by the reaction. Rossi, it would seem, has discovered a secret sauce that significantly reduces the amount of energy required to start the reaction. As for what the secret sauce is, no one knows — in the research paper, the independent scientists simply refer to it as “unknown additives.” All told, the E-Cat seems to have a power density of 4.4×105 W/kg, and an energy density of 5.1×107 Wh/kg."

Secret ingredients, inventors not allowing the whole apparatus to be examined, more out than in, quiet but very obvious suppression, convenient deaths, denunications by famous academic institutions that do pirouettes and seemingly reverse their positions ... it all sounds so wonderfully medieval and alchemical that one wonders if one hasn't gone to sleep and awakened in fifteenth century Florence.

The question that inevitably occurs is: why all the expenditure of energy over what we were assured was either simply bad science, or complete fraud?

That must await part two:

See you on the flip side...


Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. DownunderET on June 3, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Off Topic;
    I have been using Internet Explorer to access this site and log in for ages. However this morning I cant log in using IE.

    I’ve had to use Google Chrome to “get in”, why all this BS with the Internet, it drives me crazy.

    • LSM on June 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      ohh, baby, I hear ya- but I have the opposite problem; Google Chrome very often denies me access to this website but IE provides instant access (crazy, isn’t it?)- but I have more of a problem exiting this website (Chrome and IE alike)- I most often just have to cut off my internet connection and subsequently re-access it to further “surf” (but it’s no big deal- just a mouse-click away)- but still frustrating to know that PCs don’t always do what they’re programmed to do

  2. patentable on June 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Download on Google Patents:

  3. Robert Barricklow on June 3, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Normally they nip this kind of open science in the bud. Anything that can’t be monopolized, monotized and packaged for profit – is relagated to national security(protecting the owners of the globe from democracy).

    • Robert Barricklow on June 3, 2013 at 11:26 am

      By the way…
      Interesting top story at Veterans Today
      1st Super-Government World War Begins

      • PaulfromMinneapolis on June 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm

        Robert, I have not yet seen a corroborating story anywhere else about a nuclear war that has already begun…

        • Robert Barricklow on June 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm

          Left a couple of inquiries hanging out there.
          Hard too read the tea leaves these days.
          That something major could …disappear?
          But truth will eventually get his trousers on.

  4. MQ on June 3, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Shades of Dr. Ronald Richter anyone?

  5. marcos toledo on June 3, 2013 at 9:11 am

    If Dr Andrea Rossi and Sergio Forcadi have patented like Stanly Pons and Martin Fleishmann part of their Cold Fusion E-Cat design they have every right to keep it secret. With all the thieves and saboteurs around I be wary of the scientific community knowing all the secrets of my invention it’s just a common sense precaution not to be ripped off. This just might be a ploy to discredit their invention in the eyes of the world it happen with Pons and Fleishmann.

    • tommo1966 on June 3, 2013 at 10:01 am

      I do think that Dr. Rossi, if he is indeed an honest guy and his machine genuine, is in a tough position there. Share it and get robbed or don’t share it and have it used against him while suppression is schemed.

    • shamus on June 3, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      Unless I am mistaken, if he does have the patents already then he actually does not have the right to keep it secret. Or at least US patent law requires full public disclosure of the invention and how it works.

      If he is operating under secrecy, then I’m betting he has at least 1 or 2 people he trusts that are in the know (say, a trusty lawyer that he is personally friends with), and all of the initial dealings with the manufactures and distributors are done piecemeal: with most people only getting a view into partial components of the entire device, and EVERYONE involved signing stacks of non-disclosure agreements.

      In my IP-denying opinion, the worst thing he could do is patent it. That would be like throwing a gutted pig into shark infested waters: corporations would snatch it up so quickly and bblanket-patent anything even remotely close to the thing that they might very well stamp it out (or at least charge way more than they would under competitive conditions).

      Assuming his device is legit, he needs to keep it as secret as possible, crank up the initial production run, and bam, flood the market with it. It’ll be like piss in a pool, the corporatocracy will have a much more difficult time trying to suppress it then.

      • LSM on June 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm

        “Or at least US patent law requires full public disclosure of the invention and how it works”

        since when?- if US patent law requires public disclosure than the military-industrial complex wouldn’t be sitting on over 5000 patents being withheld from the general public-

        A former American co-worker (from the DC area) told me that one of her nephews along with two buddies developed a form of free energy based primarily on (take a deep breath) mud (yep, I balked too- but it gets better) and it was patented (is one granted a patent just on hearsay?- hardly)-

        a few weeks after the patent was granted she told me her nephew and co. recieved a visit by two officials from the pentagon offering them a goodly sum of money to buy their patent (they were told they wanted to use free energy in Iraq- right- with all the oil?- not to mention ca. 5000 other free energy sources already available?- right- and I shot Kennedy)- and they sold out-

        look, I’m not making this up- I don’t have enough imagination to invent these kinds of concepts- I just simply post my thoughts due to my own personal experiences/references-

        so make of the info what one wants- but I speak the truth-

        the last website I would ever want to soil would be this one-

        Larry in SW Germany

        • shamus on June 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm

          “Under the patent law in the United States, the patent specification must be complete enough so that a person of “ordinary skill in the art” of the invention can make and use the invention without “undue experimentation”. Wiki

          • LSM on June 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm

            many thanks for your response/provided info- but doesn’t really help either of us (wish it could)-

            “a person of “ordinary skill in the art” of the invention can make and use the invention without “undue experimentation”-

            the English language uses more mumbo-jumbo than any other- it’s the only language I know where two negatives miraculously equal a positive- better would be: “use the invention with due experimentation”-

            I have no idea how much recorded experimentation (positive or negative) these young gentlemen did- only thing I know is they were granted a patent and subsequently sold-out to the Pentagon-

            as for Wiki: there is no single reliable source; everything is being manipulated-

            stay well- regards-


        • tommo1966 on June 5, 2013 at 3:18 am

          Sold out – but since their other choice was probably to die, it’s hard to blame them too much.

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