May 212013
 

Index of LENR Experimental Methodologies
May 22, 2013 – By Steven B. Krivit –

Low-energy nuclear reaction researchers have used at least two dozen methods to perform LENR experiments. This index describes the more common methods. New Energy Times first presented a condensed version of this Index of LENR Experimental Methodologies at the American Nuclear Society meeting in November 2012. Today, we published a more detailed listing of the index.

Click here to go to the index on our reference site.

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May 212013
 

Rossi Manipulates Academics to Create Illusion of Independent Test

May 21, 2013 – By Steven B. Krivit –

On May 16, Hanno Essén, a theoretical physicist and lecturer at the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, submitted a paper to arXiv, the physics pre-print server, and claimed that he and several co-authors performed an independent test of an E-Cat device that was built by Andrea Rossi. Essén submitted a revised version of the paper on May 20.

The authors of the paper did not perform an independent test; instead, they were participants in another Rossi demonstration and performed measurements on one of Rossi’s devices in his facility.

New Energy Times stopped counting the Rossi demonstrations after the 13th one on Feb. 12, 2012. (See Andrea Rossi Energy Catalyzer Master Timeline.)

The authors of the paper lack full knowledge of the type and preparation of the materials used in the reactor and the modulation of input power, which, according to the paper, were industrial trade secrets.

The authors didn’t perform any calorimetry and used a method to measure temperature to extrapolate output power that neither they nor anyone in the field of low-energy nuclear reaction research has ever used to analyze for heat power or energy.

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In response to a question from New Energy Times about whether he had full knowledge of how to perform and operate the experiment, Essén effectively confirmed that he had not replicated the experiment.

“No, but I am sure that I could repeat it with some effort,” Essén wrote.

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May 082013
 

2009 CBS-TV Program Wrongly Reported DARPA LENR Endorsement
May 8, 2013 – By Steven B. Krivit –

A key document shown in CBS’s “60 Minutes” program “Cold Fusion Is Hot Again” was wrongly attributed, New Energy Times recently learned.

During the 2009 program, CBS said that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency did its “own analysis” of the anomalous heat effect seen in LENRs (low-energy nuclear reactions) and that CBS had obtained an “internal memo” written by DARPA.

“The Pentagon is saying [that LENR is real], too,” CBS said. “The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as DARPA, did its own analysis, and 60 Minutes obtained an internal memo that concludes there is ‘no doubt that anomalous excess heat is produced in these experiments.’”

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Here’s what CBS displayed on the show as evidence of DARPA’s endorsement:

DARPA Cold Fusion Memo

Sometime after the program aired, New Energy Times obtained the full document. DARPA did not do its own analysis, and it was not an internal memo.  The memo was written by a long-standing research partner and collaborator of the subjects of the story.

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Apr 302013
 
 University LENR Expert No Longer Believes in Cold Fusion

Robert Duncan No Longer Believes in Cold Fusion

May 1, 2013 – By Steven B. Krivit –

Robert Duncan, one of the scientists cited by CBS’s 2009 “60 Minutes” program “Cold Fusion Is Hot Again” no longer believes that cold fusion is real.

He now makes a crucial distinction between the real anomalous heat effect seen in LENRs (low-energy nuclear reactions) and the scientifically unsupported hypothesis of “cold fusion.”

Last week, New Energy Times reported that the retired Naval Research Laboratory expert cited by CBS also no longer believes in cold fusion.

Sometime between 2009 and 2012, Duncan changed his view. New Energy Times interviewed Duncan by e-mail a few months ago and asked about his views.

“I think that there is very little experimental evidence to support the d+d fusion hypothesis,” Duncan wrote.

On the CBS show, although Duncan was careful not to use the phrase “cold fusion,” he did not tell CBS that there was very little experimental evidence to support the cold fusion hypothesis.

In fact, in a Rome conference in 2009 after the CBS show aired, he proposed that “cold fusion” could be explained by a muon-catalyzed cold fusion process.

Duncan is the vice chancellor of research at the University of Missouri. He is also the organizer of the 18th International Conference on Condensed Matter Nuclear Science, to be held at the University of Missouri this summer. He renamed the conference in March. The name listed on the conference Web stie since 2012 had been the 18th International Conference on Cold Fusion.

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Apr 242013
 

Retired NRL LENR Expert No Longer Believes in Cold Fusion

April 24, 2013 – By Steven B. Krivit –

Graham Hubler, an expert cited in CBS’s 2009 “60 Minutes” program “Cold Fusion Is Hot Again,” no longer believes that cold fusion is real.

Hubler now makes a key distinction between “cold fusion” and the real anomalous heat and nuclear effects seen in LENRs (low-energy nuclear reactions).

The distinction separates LENRs as legitimate science from the hypothesis of “cold fusion,” which lacks scientific support.

The lack of this distinction is one of the fundamental reasons why “cold fusion” is the most controversial subject in science in the past 100 years. It is the primary reason for the stigma in the field, the lack of funding and difficulties with the patent office.

New Energy Times first reported this crucial distinction four years ago beginning with our 2008 article “It Doesn’t Look Like Fusion.” We followed this with public conference presentations, published encyclopedia chapters, and the 2010 special report “Cold Fusion Is Neither.”

Our Web page “Distinction Between LENR and ’Cold Fusion’ – Emergence and Recognition of a New Science” provides an overview. Until 2012, researchers who believed that LENRs were “cold fusion” dismissed our distinction as “mere semantics.”

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In 2012, Hubler was head of the Materials and Sensors Branch of the Naval Research Laboratory. He was closely involved in NRL’s LENR research program for many years.

Hubler retired from NRL last year and has since accepted a position working for the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Missouri as the director of the Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear Renaissance.

Hubler reports to Robert Duncan, another expert cited by CBS. Duncan is the vice chancellor of research at the University of Missouri. Hubler is part of the organizing committee of the 18th International Conference on Condensed Matter Nuclear Science, to be held at the University of Missouri this summer.

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