• Cold Fusion: Fact or Fantasy?


    This is a fascinating hour long documentary presented by the actor James Doohan. James Montgomery “Jimmy” Doohan (March 3, 1920 – July 20, 2005) was an Irish-Canadian character and voice actor best known for his role as Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the television and film series Star Trek.
    The subject of the documentary is Cold Fusion. British Gazette readers may recall the controversy back in the 1980s when a new dawn for energy use appeared. It appeared to die a death, but not so it seems. Viewing is recommended.
    British Gazette comment: The claims put forward in this documentary (below) are intriguing is to understate the matter to an enormous degree. There will be many scientifically educated persons who will be of the opinion that “cold fusion” – although please note the proponents of the claims state that fusion is not involved – is a chimera. The British Gazette is not in a position to debate the issue. However it is firmly of the opinion that the dictum to follow with regard to “cold fusion” (for want of a better description) is, “that the proof of the pudding is in the eating.”
    If those who claim that “cold fusion” is real, let them and those who are prepared to finance them develop a working prototype.
    According to the documentary, several groups are seeking to do just that.

    Let us face it, if the claims that “cold fusion” exists and can be easily, cheaply and safely exploited then the consequences for the global economy will be utterly profound. Imagine this: You are living in Leeds in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It is a nice day and you decide to take your family to the seaside. Whitby is your destination. You have a “cold fusion” powered car and it is running low on fuel. You therefore take the refuelling equipment along in the boot (of which, more later). You reach Whitby and decide to refuel before going to find a free parking spot on the North Promenade. You therefore drive the car to the end of Pier Road and whilst the wife is at the wheel – to avoid getting a parking ticket – you get the refuelling equipment out of the boot and walk along the North Pier with the refuelling equipment. What is this refuelling equipment you ask? It is a stoutly made galvanised steel watering can of two gallons (that is just over nine litres, Derek!) capacity to which a rope of some 30 feet (just over nine metres, Derek!) is attached. You toss the watering can into the sea – remembering to keep a hold of the other end of the rope! – and allow the watering can to sink and fill with sea water. You then haul the full watering can out of the water and walk back with it to the car. You then pour the contents of the watering can into the fuel tank! That will be enough fuel for say 1,000 miles (just over 1,609 kilometres, Derek!)

    • @ Philip Foster : what if it had been correctly understood but let aside to avoid impacting the economy (and mankind) too much at once. Free energy would mean that free telecoms and free IT services would be possible, but anything material would still have a cost, so, food cost could explode due to investors shifting toward it and there could be many people starving I think. Could w e further exchange on the topic?

    • Fleishman et al’s discocery of a burst of neutrons in their experiment was correctly observed, but incorrectly accounted for. It was just ‘bad luck’ for them that they were conducting their experiment just as a blast from a solar flare hit the earth generating the neutrons. This was why could not be experiment was never successfully duplicated.

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