Friday, 7 October 2016
Some readers may have noticed this little bit in my sidebar personal description
"Cold Fusion Advocate (but sceptical)"
Here is news of a new book - Hacking the Atom - which documents the twists and turns of the "Cold Fusion" field. It shows that whatever was seen originally was not actually fusion-in-a-test-tube at all, which is the hypothesis that got the physics establishment in an uproar, but is actually a form of weak neutron capture - which might explain the experimental results much better without blowing such a big hole in conventional nuclear physics
In the words of the author (Steve Krivit):
"For 27 years, an intense conflict, mostly hidden, has continued at the leading edge of energy science. My new book, Hacking the Atom, discusses scientific evidence — experimental and theoretical — confirming that changes to atomic nuclei do occur with low-energy nuclear reactions (LENRs). For a century, scientists thought such processes were not possible.
My book contains the first explanation — written for scientists and non-scientists alike — of the Widom-Larsen theory of LENRs. It shows why the theory is viable and consistent with well-accepted physics. This theory has nothing to do with the erroneous idea of room-temperature nuclear fusion, nor fission.
LENR research is in the early stages of scientific and technological exploration. Japanese companies, including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Toyota Central Labs, and Nissan Motor Corp., have been quietly researching LENRs as a new source of green energy that doesn't emit hard radiation or greenhouse gases or produce long-lived radioactive waste.
Energy companies, including Royal Dutch Shell and Repsol, have been following the research. So have NASA, the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, the U.S. Army Research Laboratories, Sandia National Laboratories, and the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Research in LENRs is being sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization.
If you have an interest in this developing field, my book is available at Amazon. You can also download a sample chapter, the table of contents and the index from my Web site."
If the link to the book given does not work try https://www.amazon.com/dp/0996886451
Disclosure. I know Steve Krivit but I have no commercial relationship with him.
Posted by Nick Palmer at 00:10