Cold fusion has stalled, according to the DOE

At the request of a handful of physicists, the Department of Energy (DOE) has conducted an evaluation of recent research on cold fusion in recent months. Auditions were organized and a publication analyzed by a panel of 18 experts. But the results presented did not convince the government agency that little progress has been made in fifteen years, particularly in terms of reproducibility of the experiments.

In 1989, the cold fusion was its greatest hour of glory when Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann of the University of Utah announced that they had recreated the energy-liberating process that occurs in the stars. in a simple jar of water containing deuterium. However, the difficulty encountered by other teams in reiterating this success quickly discredited the cold fusion and since then only a small group of scientists has continued to work on the subject. By asking the DOE to review their results, these diehards were hoping to get research credits, but their wish would probably only be partly fulfilled. While two-thirds of the experts were unconvinced of the reality of nuclear reactions in the experiments conducted, almost all of them stated that some very specific aspects of cold fusion (such as the question of the behavior of hydrogen in the presence of metals) deserved to be considered for further work. NYT 02 / 11 / 04 (Evidence on cold fusion remains inconclusive, new review finds)

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http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/02/science/02fusion.html

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