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1) An interesting short article, “Allow More Government Research to Study Cold fusion,” at
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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.
e) Chemically-induced changes in the rate of radioactive decay.
f) Production of high energy photons, for example, gamma rays, during chemical processes.