By Steven B. Krivit (New Energy Times): On Nov. 7, 2016, Chemical & Engineering News, the magazine of the American Chemical Society, published a deeply flawed cover story by Stephen Ritter about low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR). The article contained four major errors.
The same day, I sent a letter to Bibiana Campos-Seijo, the editor-in-chief of C&EN.
The magazine’s word-count limitation policy on letters to the editor
permitted me to address only one error. Campos-Seijo published my letter on Nov. 28.
I have known Stephen Ritter for a decade. He has repeatedly failed to
distinguish between “cold fusion,” the erroneous idea that deuterium
nuclei can overcome the Coulomb barrier at room temperature, and LENRs,
which do not make such a presumption. I explained the terminology problem to Ritter in 2012.
In August 2016, I sent him an advance copy of my book Hacking the Atom.
In September, soon after I told him that it was on sale, Ritter told me
that he was writing a new article on LENR. Given what he wrote in C&EN, Ritter apparently read nothing in the book and missed its most important points.
Four days after his Nov. 7 article published, I began asking Ritter
questions about his sources and his data. In the course of 10 e-mails
between us, I explained to Ritter that his facts seemed very wrong, and I
told him I would provide him with corrections. On Nov. 15, on New Energy Times, I published “Correcting the LENR Record (Chemical & Engineering News),” addressing the other three errors:...Full article: http://news.newenergytimes.net/2016/12/02/chemical-engineering-news-fails-to-address-errors-in-reporters-cold-fusion-article/