The Martin Fleischman Memorial Project is making the claim that Bill Gates may have donated to a low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) research effort at Texas Tech University, that started in 2014. Michael McKubre an advisor to Brillouin who has done LENR research for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) is also involved in the effort.
No proof is provided but documentation a $4 million grant to the Texas Research Incentive Program has the name of the donor blacked out. The document is dated October 31, 2014. The donation is to fund research into the Anomalous Heat Effect (AHE) another name for LENR at the Center for Emerging Energy Sciences at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. It also mentions a $550,000 (€400,000) contract to Professor Vittorio Violante at the ENEA, the project noted that Violante was photographed with Gates in 2014.
Are Robert Duncan and Michael McKubre working for Bill Gates?
Research will be under the control of Professor R.V. Duncan., Vice President for Research Initiatives and a Professor of Physics at Texas Tech. Robert or Rob Duncan previously oversaw LENR research the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear Renaissance when he was vice chancellor for research at that University.
There’s no proof Gates is involved but the donation agreement was signed in the City of Seattle, State of Washington, where Gates lives. My guess is that if Gates; the rich’s person in the US is donating to LENR he might want to keep it secret. The agreement mentions that the state of Texas will donate funds of up to $6 million to the project. Since up to $4 million can be donated to match gates donation this might mean Texas Tech has $8 million for LENR research.
The money will pay for research facilities, a high resolution mass spectrometer, which will cost $500,000. Also provided will be deuterium, heavy water, high-purity palladium, liquid argon and other ingredients and $95,000 worth of electronics.
There’s also an $82,500 a year salary for Duncan, a $100,000 consulting fee for McKubre, and $50,000 for other consultants. Also included are a $50,000 salary for a post-doctoral student and two $25,000 salaries for graduate students.
It looks as if there’s some real serious LENR work going on at Texas Tech and the world’s richest man might be involved. One has to wonder how much other LENR work is going on out there and what it might uncover.
Respected Magazine Reports on Cold Fusion
The highly respected British science magazine New Scientist has published an article on low energy nuclear reactions (LENR), which it describes as “cold fusion.”
Writer Michael Brooks gives a pretty fair description of the Pons and Fleischmann debacle back in 1989. He notes that they made claims which could not be substantiated and produced no workable theory to back up their assertions. Brooks correctly calls the Pons-Fleischmann affair an embarrassing moment of science.
Yet he’s also very fair noting that mainstream science has fallen for major hoaxes; such as the Piltdown Man or the Allan Hills meteorite which no less an authority as Bill Clinton hailed as proof of life on Mars. Both were eventually debunked although Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons were not. To be debunked there has to be something to debunk, Pons and Fleischmann made a claim nobody could substantiate.
I was unable to read the whole article, largely because I did not feel like wasting money on a subscription to New Scientist just to see it. Brooks though points out there is a story here, governments and investors are pouring substantial amounts of money into LENR. Even the US House of Representatives’ Committee on the Armed Services is interested in it.
He also notes that there is interest in Russia, China, Israel and India and that the US Secretary of Defense is scheduled to brief the committee on it by September 22, which is this upcoming Thursday, so stay tuned. Brooks makes one important point he describes Cold Fusion science’s most controversial technology.