Remember a few years ago, 2002 in fact when the news media was a buzz about a scientist from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee that was claiming to have created “Cold Fusion”.
The science community took one look at his methods and results and though it appeared his method was correct, they dismissed his results as totally impossible and accused him of faking the results. Purdue even began investigating allegations of misconduct by the scientist Rusi Taleyarkhan.
Well guess what, Rusi Taleyarkhan has been cleared because his results have been independently verified by another team of scientists headed by Edward Forringer of LeTourneau University in Texas.
What does this mean, I see two huge points:
First, don’t know as much about the workings of atomic reactions, or other tenants of science as we may think. The scientific community has fallen in to the same trap of smugness that they were in prior to the discovery that the world was not flat. Chances are there is still more to learn than we already know.
Second, the possibility of small, self contained, limitless, and totally clean energy sources is alive and well. We very well may be powering our flying cars with small cold fusion reactors ala “Mr Fusion” of “Back to the Future”. Hold on to your hats.
More independent verification, the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (Spawar) in San Diego has just published results supporting Rusi Taleyarkhan and has revealed that they have been looking at his work since he first published results. Take a look at this Navy Heats Up. Cold Fusion Hopes
It starting to look like they really are trying to deprive Dr. Taleyarkhan of his discoveries, talk a look at this article in Janet D. Stemwedel 's Adventures in Ethics and Science.
She details the on going investigation of Dr. Taleyarkhan's methods by the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee. I hope the above work by Dr Forringer and at Spawar prove accurate and Dr Taleyarkhan gets credit for his discovery.
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