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A hotbed of cold fusion Answered

I'm a sucker for fringe science. What can I say?

From the BBC News Service:

The long-standing debate about cold fusion is receiving new impetus at the American Chemical Society's national meeting in the US this week.

Cold fusion, first announced 20 years ago on Monday, was claimed to be a boundless source of clean energy by Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons.

Attempts to replicate their experiments failed, but a number of researchers insist that cold fusion is possible.

The meeting will see several approaches that claim to produce fusion power.

See the full BBC article here

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Lithium Rain (author)kelseymh2009-03-24

Just close your eyes. Think of the beach. A nice, warm beach. Cool, clear, sparkling turquoise water. Sugar-white sand. The gentle sound of the waves lapping on shore. Listen...

There, better? :D

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kelseymh (author)Lithium Rain2009-03-24

Augh! There's sand in my shorts! And my shoes! And now there's a f--ing horseshoe crab biting my heel! That's why I hate the beach. Where are my nice fluorescent lights, and my WiFi connection?

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Goodhart (author)kelseymh2009-03-24

I only dislike it when I get sand in the hotel and then eventually into bed.....makes for a really itchy night.... still, I miss going

The worst I was ever bitten by (and it is debatable if one can say they actually bite) were small jellyfish.

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kelseymh (author)Goodhart2009-03-24

There are so many things which can make for really itchy nights. At least you don't need antibiotics for sand...

Okay, okay, that violates the be nice policy. Too bad

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Lithium Rain (author)kelseymh2009-03-24

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Goodhart (author)kelseymh2009-03-24

....like sand fleas..... ;-)

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Lithium Rain (author)Goodhart2009-03-24

Ugh. I got stung by manymanymany red jellies last time I went to the beach. Some like bee stings, others like long whip lashes. >_

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Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2009-03-24

yeah, they are not the best part of the beach, for sure...

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Lithium Rain (author)kelseymh2009-03-25

I invited you to my Happy Place - and you rejected it! :'-( I has a sad.

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yourcat (author)Lithium Rain2009-03-25

I hate beach. I like mountains.

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kelseymh (author)Lithium Rain2009-03-25

:'( Not want to make you sad. My happy place is different than yours See below :-)

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Derin (author)Derin2009-03-25

Just close your eyes.Think of the workshop.A nice,warm workshop.Cool,blue,flickering fluorescent bulbs.Brown floor planks.The creaky sound of the WiFi modem pinging....Listen...
There,better? XD

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kelseymh (author)Derin2009-03-25

And the reassuring steady yellow and green lights on my VME controller module... Ahhh....much better :-)

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Poppy_Ann (author)Lithium Rain2010-01-14

i see that every day as i live in the virgin isles on a sail boat (hehe its ok for some)

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Jaycub (author)2009-03-24

you should look at this, too:

http://focusfusion.org/index.php/gallery/image_med/5/

Keep hitting next until you've seen the whole thing.

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dombeef (author)Jaycub2009-03-27

Can someone make it into .gif animation?

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PKM (author)Jaycub2009-03-25

Well, it's a bit better thought out than the usual science fiction "adamantium-plated unobtanium dioxide" explanation, but "unstable carbon 12 nuclei"? Funny, last time I checked C12 was stable and unlikely to undergo spontaneous fission..

They have some nice CGI though :) but I thought the initial diagram was going to be a toroidal-armature railgun (ie plasmazooka) or something else cool like that.

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Jaycub (author)PKM2009-03-25

Good catch, that's very strange that they would say that.

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SKYNET 2.0 (author)2009-03-25

Yeah if you happen to have a palladium rod and a bale of platinum wire lying about, it might work.

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kelseymh (author)2009-03-23

When my experiment was running at SLAC, we used a palladium sponge desorber to remove excess water vapor from the drift chamber gas.

Sadly, we had to use electrical power to keep it running, and never got any power back out of our "cold fusion" cell :-(

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