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Please delete it (together with my two comments) and replace it with what follows. Thanks in advance.

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1) An interesting short article, “Allow More Government Research to Study Cold fusion,” at 

h t t p : / / citizensbriefingbook.change.gov/ideas/

/viewIdea.apexp?id=087800000004qPn&srPos=1&srKp=087

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was posted by Jed Rothwell on 1/14/09. It generated a set of comments, including my own.  The topic deserves attention and discussion. Here is what I wrote:
   
2) “As a nuclear physicist (Ph.D. 1964), and teacher, I followed the field with great interest during the first three years after the discovery of unexplained excess heat was announced, 20 years ago. Then I accepted the prevailing view that the initial claim was not justified. Seven years ago, during a scientific conference, I found out that more than 100 highly qualified researchers continue studying so-called "cold fusion" effects. After reading their recent reports, and participating at several conferences, I came to a conclusion that the field, now known as CMNS--Condensed Matter Nuclear Science--is worth taking seriously.

The essence of the controversy (between CMNS scientists and those who discriminate against them) is the idea that a nuclear effect, caused by a chemical effect, is possible. Here is a short list of reported findings associated with this claim:

a) Excess heat, sometimes orders of magnitude larger than what can be attributed to known chemical reactions.

b) Excess heat correlated with production of 4He (generated at a rate close to 23 MeV per atom of produced helium).

c) Chemically-induced changes in isotopic composition of elements. Note that the term “chemically” is very broad; it covers all atomic and molecular processes, including diffusion of gasses through solids.
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d) Production of new elements, either stable or radioactive, in amounts high above what can be attributed to omnipresent impurities.

e) Chemically-induced changes in the rate of radioactive decay.

f) Production of high energy photons, for example, gamma rays, during chemical processes.

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Ludwik Kowalski is a retired physics teacher (Professor emeritus, Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA). He is the author of two recently-published FREE books:

1) "Hell on Earth: Brutality and violence under the Stalinist regime" (more...)
 

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