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Scientist demonstrates cold fusion in lab

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posted on May, 26 2008 @ 09:27 AM
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Scientist demonstrates cold fusion in lab


www.gizmodo.com.au

Cold fusion, the act of producing a nuclear reaction at room temperature, has long been relegated to science fiction after researchers were unable to recreate the experiment that first "discovered" the phenomenon. But a Japanese scientist was supposedly able to start a cold fusion reaction earlier this week, which—if the results are real—could revolutionise the way we gather energy.

Yoshiaki Arata, a highly respected physicist in Japan, demonstrated a low-energy nuclear reaction at Osaka University on Thursday. In front of a live audience, including reporters from six major newspapers and two tv studios, Arata and a co-professor Yue-Chang Zhang, produced excess heat and helium atoms from deuterium gas.

Arata used pressure to force deuterium gas into an evacuated cell that contained a palladium and zirconium oxide mix(ZrO2-Pd). Arata said that the mix caused the deuterium's nuclei to fuse, raising the temperature in the cell and keeping the centre of the cell warm for 50 hours.

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posted on May, 26 2008 @ 09:27 AM
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Whenever I read about cold fusion and perpetual motion machines and the like an old Dire Straits song starts playing in my head...


... That ain't working... get your money for nothing and your chicks for free


www.gizmodo.com.au
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posted on May, 26 2008 @ 09:36 AM
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Well time to cross our collective fingers again.. And prepare for the almost inevitable dashing of hope against the cruel rocks of reality.

If cold fusion is at all possible might we not be able to observe it somewhere in nature somehow?



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