A major North American media outlet; the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), has reported on cold fusion or low energy nuclear reaction (LENR). The piece by Torah Kachur also mentioned Andrea Rossi and e-cat.
This is the first time a major media outlet has reported on Rossi’s work in a while. Kachur at least is fair she refuses to engage in the childish accusations of fraud and simply points out that Rossi’s claims have not verified.
She also makes a statement that explains why physicists avoid LENR like the plague.
“It was embarrassing to the nuclear physics community to have such a stain on the record. The controversy made research into cold fusion, or any low energy nuclear reactions, almost impossible for fear of being the laughing stock of your institution.”
The controversy was the Pons and Fleischmann debacle back in 1987; which still makes LENR toxic to mainstream physics. Another problem is that modern physics still has no theory to explain LENR; even though the phenomenon has been documented.
Kurchur also vents a frustration that this blogger knows well. She points out that much of the work in LENR is being done in secret to avoid controversy and ridicule. For example there’s been a major LENR research effort going at Texas Tech University for two years that might be funded by Bill Gates. Yet we only learned of it by accident this month when the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project (MFMP) stumbled across some records.
Even the world’s richest man is afraid to have his name associated with LENR. I suppose the Microsoft founder doesn’t want to be hounded by backyard inventors and cranks seeking funds.
LENR Research in China and Japan
The Chinese government is conducting LENR research at up to four universities, Jean-Paul Biberian of the Fleischmann Project noted. Biberian based that speculation on remarks that Zhong-Qun Tian made at the International Conference on Cold Fusion (ICCF) held in Xiamen, China, on September 29 and 30.
There is also a lot of LENR research going on at Japanese universities. An example of that work is Plasmonic Concepts for Condensed Matter Nuclear Fusion proposed by Katsuki Tanabe of Kyoto University. Our friends at the MFMP think this might lead to an LENR fuel with a higher energy yield.
It looks as if LENR research is far more widespread than we thought. One has to wonder when more journalists will start noticing it.