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: Cold Fusion Goes Mainstream: National Geographic, Financial Times Give Positive Coverage.
It has been interesting to follow the reactions to the recent article published in Nature about the Google-funded research projects in cold fusion. It seems to me that the field has now been given a new lease on life, as researchers who are outside the ‘LENR underground’ are now saying that although they have not so far been able to replicate the Fleischmann and Pons experiments, they feel there is something worth pursuing in the field.
In additional to the Nature articles, well-known media outlets are also now giving space and time to the subject, something that has been unheard of for decades.
‘Though the work may well raise eyebrows, Google was
aware of the risks. Two of the review’s coauthors, Google engineers Ross
Koningstein and David Fork, have argued that to deliver meaningful
innovation in the energy sector, 70 percent of research funding should
flow to core technologies, 20 percent should be dedicated to
cutting-edge research, and 10 percent should back high-risk ideas that
just might work—like cold fusion.
‘Whether their experiments yield an energy breakthrough, the research
team hopes they’ve provided cover for young researchers and government
funding agencies to reconsider this area of science with an open mind.
“The timing is really good for this,” says lead author Curtis
Berlinguette, a chemist at the University of British Columbia. “I’m just
really excited to show the younger generations of scientists it’s okay
to take risks—to take the long shots.”’
This is an interesting and important point, I believe. There has been little to no funding available for research in the CF/LENR field because of the stigma associated with it, and so it has been very difficult for younger generations of researchers to get involved...