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NASA finally confirms "cold fusion"?

NASA's basement nuclear reactor

By David Szondy
February 20, 2013

If Joseph Zawodny, a senior scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center, is correct, the future of energy may lie in a nuclear reactor small enough and safe enough to be installed where the home water heater once sat. Using weak nuclear forces that turn nickel and hydrogen into a new source of atomic energy, the process offers a light, portable means of producing tremendous amounts of energy for the amount of fuel used. It could conceivably power homes, revolutionize transportation and even clean the environment.

Currently, nuclear power means one of two approaches. There’s fission, which involves splitting atoms of uranium or plutonium to release energy, and is employed in all military and civilian nuclear plants. Then there’s fusion, which involves forcing together hydrogen atoms to form helium and releasing even more energy. The former has been controversial for decades while the latter has been in the research phase since the 1950s, and is still as far away from practical application now as it was then.

The problem with current nuclear technology is that fission produces nuclear wastes and has a poor public image, while both fusion and fission involve generating large amounts of dangerous ionizing radiation. It also doesn't help that both processes require large, complicated installations with heavy shielding. That’s because conventional nuclear reactions rely on what are called strong nuclear forces, which are the forces that hold atoms together. Breaking heavy atoms apart or forcing light atoms together releases enough energy to run a nation or blow one up.

What Zawodny and other researchers are working on is called Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions or Lattice Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR). In the late 1980s, it went by the name of “cold fusion.” Its proponents were light on theory and not very rigorous in experimenting. They thought that nuclear energy was being released by a chemical reaction, but this theory ended up being discredited. Today, not only the name has changed, but also the theory and the approach of the researchers.

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"nuclear forces that turn nickel and hydrogen"

Save your Nickels!

Not gonna happen

The quest to find inexpensive and/or safe energy to power our lust is not going to happen. We had all we needed and have systematically destroyed it in our search for more and there is no magic solution that will let us have our cake and eat it too. All that new technology is going to do is further destroy our resources and our environment.

To answer the question in the headline,


"According to Zawodny, LENR isn’t what was thought of as cold fusion and it doesn't involve strong nuclear forces."

Bob-45, do you read the articles you post?

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"Fully half the quotations found on the internet are either mis-attributed, or outright fabrications." - Abraham Lincoln

Yes, I do. This work is similar to the work of...

Dr.Rossi in Italy, which is being followed closely by the cold fusion community. THAT is why "cold fusion" is in quotation marks in the title.

General Electric just called

and they said, "not happenin'."

It'll never happen because there aren't enough people behind this movement. We can talk about growing hemp. We can talk about zero point energy and Tavakoli Keshe all day and all night.

Good article though, Bob. "Up vote" from me.

Lima-1, out.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

"Scientest Burns Home Down Around Family, Then Shoots Everyone"

"Officials say Dr Zawodny magnetically destroyed all of his hard drives, burned his suburban home to the ground with the entire family inside, then turned the assault weapon on his family before he killed himself"

Future headline from April 2013

The press never questions how the hell he manages to burn the house down with everyone inside BEFORE he uses the 'assault weapon' to murder suicide.

Hardly anyone notices this or sees any problem with it*

*(other than a few hundreds of millions of 'fringe weirdos' on the internet)


You're from the future!?