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  1. #1 A failed attempt to replicate 
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    An attempt to replicate a cold fusion claim--made in 2006 by a reputable electrochemist, Richard Oriani,--was not successful. Four researchers work independently in different laboratories. This is described on-line at

    http://pages.csam.montclair.edu/~kow.../398curie.html

    Our collective paper has already been accepted; it will probably be published in January 2011.


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    Cold Fusion has never been independently replicated. It has been known for a long time that it is impossible.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Waveman28
    Cold Fusion has never been independently replicated. It has been known for a long time that it is impossible.
    you can prove a negative!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waveman28
    Cold Fusion has never been independently replicated. It has been known for a long time that it is impossible.
    Yes, indeed, if by "cold fusion" one means a thermonuclear-like reaction, such as collision of two isolated deuterons in plasma. The coulomb barrier prevents this. All CF researchers agree with this. They now believe that nuclear reactions, due to chemical processes, such as electrolysis, are possible in condensed matter. The sooner we give up using the term "cold fusion" the better will it be. The official term is CMNS (Condensed Matter Nuclear Science). It has been approved by ISCMNS (International Society of CMNS) but scientists, including myself, are still using it.

    In any case, these are theoretical models (and there are many of them). What the field needs is at least one reproducible on demand demo of a nuclear effect due to a chemical effect. Many attempts to verify claims were made but only some of them were successful. How can this be interpreted? I am very reluctant to say that this is due to incompetence are or dishonesty, except in some cases. The cold fusion controversy, started 20 years ago should be analyzed as a unique sociological phenomenon. This has nothing to do with what one thinks about the numerous claims made in the last ten years.
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