May 072014
 

LENR - The Good News About Climate Change May 7, 2014 – By Steven B. Krivit –

On May 6, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released its Third National Climate Assessment, a comprehensive report on climate change and its impact in the United States. The news is not good.

But the good news is that interest in the potential of greenhouse-gas-free low-energy nuclear reaction-based energy alternatives will grow.

All indicators suggest that LENRs may offer a radiation- and emission-free nuclear energy source, pending further development and effective scale-up. As the price for pollution caused by carbon-based energy sources goes up, and as social awareness rises, so too will investment in LENRs. Click here to learn more about LENRs.

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Apr 242014
 

Nikkei Reports Mitsubishi to Use LENRs To Clean Nuclear Waste
April 24, 2014 – By Steven B. Krivit –

On April 8, 2014, Nikkei, the Japanese equivalent of the Wall Street Journal, reported that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Yokohama, Japan, plans to use low-energy nuclear reactions to clean nuclear waste. This patented LENR transmutation method was developed by Mitsubishi physicist Yasuhiro Iwamura.

New Energy Times has translated the Nikkei story below. We have also placed online a copy of a recent slide presentation from Iwamura and an updated European patent specification from the company.

The patent claims that the reactions occur not by fission or fusion, but by a two-step mechanism beginning with a weak interaction; a neutron is created and is followed by a neutron capture process. (Click here to see a related mechanism.)

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Jan 232014
 


Jan. 23, 2014 – By Steven B. Krivit –

New Energy Times will make available some of the source documents used in our Jan. 20, 2014, report "Federal Investigations Reveal Academic Backstabbing at Purdue University."

Today, we release pages from three documents obtained from the federal government in response to multiple Freedom of Information Act requests by New Energy Times.

The first page is a letter written by Lefteri Tsoukalas, the former head of the School of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue. The second page comes from the Department of Defense investigation of Holly Adams, at the time the inspector general for the Office of Naval Research and helps fill in some of the areas blacked out in the first document. The third page comes from another set of documents and helps identify some of the areas blacked out in the second document.

Jan 212014
 

 Federal Investigations Reveal Academic Backstabbing at Purdue University(Document Release 1)
Jan. 21, 2014 – By Steven B. Krivit –

New Energy Times will make available some of the source documents used in our Jan. 20, 2014, “Federal Investigations Reveal Academic Backstabbing at Purdue University” report.

Today, we release the police report of the Aug. 28, 2008, incident in the Nuclear Engineering building. Darla Mize, the administrative assistant to head of the school, was threatened by Mamoru Iishi, a senior professor there.

 

 

Jan 202014
 

 Federal Investigations Reveal Academic Backstabbing  at Purdue University
Jan. 20, 2014 – By Steven B. Krivit –

Summary
Physics is a contact sport, as the saying goes, and Rusi Taleyarkhan, a professor in the Purdue University School of Nuclear Engineering, learned that the hard way.

His scientific research, if it is ever independently replicated, may lead to a clean-energy technology. But his nascent research efforts have been scuttled.

Despite several years of peer-reviewed, published research which was funded by the departments of Energy and Defense, despite two onsite inspections by independent scientists of his and his team’s work that verified the data, his research has been stopped, he has been accused of fraud, and his reputation has been seriously harmed.

Taleyarkhan contributed to the conflict in three ways. First, although he responded to his critics convincingly in scientific journals, he failed to proactively respond to his critics and their often-incorrect and damaging statements in the popular media. He waited until the last possible day to file a defamation lawsuit. He also claimed that two students at Purdue had independently replicated his experiment, an opinion that only he and his co-authors share.

Through multiple Freedom of Information Act requests, New Energy Times has obtained inter-university correspondence and documents from federal investigations revealing that academic peers and competitors of Taleyarkhan’s conspired with a journalist to attack his reputation and shut down his federally funded research. Eugenie Reich, a freelance journalist writing for the news service of the journal Nature, was eager to expose Taleyarkhan as a fraud.

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Despite several years of investigations, no evidence of fraud was found. Meanwhile, some of his accusers — his fellow scientists — in their own federally funded research, manipulated and withheld their own positive confirmatory data, misled the media, and misled federal investigators to advance their own agendas. For his competitors, federal research money, prestige and reputations were at stake. For the head of the Purdue School of Nuclear Engineering, political control of the school was at stake.

Acoustic chamber similar to that used by the Taleyarkhan group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in its nuclear cavitation experiments

In 2001, Taleyarkhan and his group in the Engineering Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee tried to experimentally demonstrate and confirm the long-predicted phenomenon of nuclear reactions in cavitating liquids. They succeeded, and Taleyarkhan has said that their research may lead to a new source of clean, carbon-free energy. The research has been called sonofusion or bubble fusion.

Within a decade, Taleyarkhan and his colleagues faced three major battles in the process of performing and communicating their research. The first took place at the Oak Ridge between 2001 and 2002. The second was a series of incidents that took place at Purdue between 2003 and 2006. The third involved conflicts from 2004 to 2006 between the Taleyarkhan group and a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who teamed with another professor, from the University of Illinois.

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