2013 could very well be remembered as the year that the mainstream media discovered both cold and hot fusion. Recently there has been quite a bit of interest in two very promising technologies Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) and small scale hot fusion.
One of America’s highest profile newspaper columnists; George F. Will, just wrote a very interesting column about the small scale hot fusion work being done at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory at New Jersey’s Princeton University. Will also notes that the US government has failed to invest in hot fusion research. Hopefully Will’s attention will attract some private funding that effort.
The popular investment blog the Motley Fool discovered cold fusion and noted both Andrea Rossi’s work and National Instruments interest in LENR. One of Fool’s contributors John Licata even recommended National Instruments as a good investment because of the company’s interest in cold fusion research.
A number of media outlets have also noticed that Andrea Rossi’s Leonardo Corporation has plans to sell its e-cat LENR devices sometime next year. Extreme Tech, Motherboard and The Register all commented on this story. They got some of the facts wrong but at least they reported it.
Several outlets including GizMag and Extreme Tech also reported on Joseph Zawodny’s work at NASA. Some of the outlets even noted that Zawodny’s LENR device could be adapted for home use.
The mass media hasn’t picked upon Brillouin and Defkalion’s claims or the fascinating work being done by the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project yet. Although Gary Hendershot was able to get both Brillouin CEO Bob George and the company’s Chief Technology Officer Robert Godes on his Smart Scarecrow online radio show. Obviously more media attention is needed for LENR and for small scale hot fusion. These are viable technologies, as the work by Rossi, Celani, Piantelli and many others has demonstrated.
If 2013 is the year that the media discovered LENR then 2014 could be the year that the general public becomes aware of it. Historically it takes time for both the public and journalists (who are usually less intelligent and observant than the average person) to discover a new technology. Both personal computers and the internet were available for several years before they achieved widespread publicity.
One has to wonder what the public’s reaction to LENR or small scale hot fusion will be and if it will be accepted. My guess is that if it works and meets the average person’s needs the public will accept the technology.