As Rossi’s eCat steams its controversial journey, the landscape it runs on continues to reshape. It can be difficult to keep up at times. The ongoing passionate debate shows that – one way or another – people care about the subject. It’s obvious by some of the comments however, that we cannot assume uniform knowledge. For that reason, I will periodically point to articles that try to wind the threads to a readable narrative.
I would urge anyone new to the subject (and who has not yet done so) to read the eCatNews Brief 1 and Brief 2 linked in the above menu. Brief 1 is a sketch outlining some of the main elements in the cold fusion story. Brief 2 focuses on Andrea Rossi. Between both, they should give anyone new to the subject enough material to decide whether there is something worth watching here or not.
There are excellent articles elsewhere and one recent addition is particularly worth your time.
Ruby Carat is an ex math teacher and now a writer and cold fusion advocate. She runs the blog coldfusionnow.wordpress.com.
An unashamed supporter, she writes well, bringing rational argument supported by sound logic to the table. Her latest post looks at some of the published material coming from the US DoD. Seeing all of this stuff in one sweep is a useful reminder that cold fusion does not lie with the Loch Ness Monster. It is a serious scientific subject and should be considered on that basis, no matter your stance on the eCat.
Thinking about Ruby’s post, Mike McKubre’s recent LENR presentation contains an interesting point at 5.20 (7/8) when he thanks the sponsors who paid for 90% of the SRI work he talked about. Those sponsors were:
DARPA – Defence Advanced Research and Projects Agency
DTRA – Defence Threat Reduction Agency
MITI – Japanese Ministry of Industry And Technical Innovation
EPRI – Electric Power Research Institute
Way back in 2006, the US DTRA realised what so many scientists still refuse to believe. They held a meeting and recommended low level funding for LENR. It seems that SRI benefited from their interest. We now know that DARPA, DTRA, SPAWAR and NASA are all involved in funding or active research programmes. We know that Washington University conducted a short course in Cold Fusion, that MIT – despite its past negativity – is a leading participant in serious research and that companies such as SRI spend large sums in chasing the prize.
Given this background and recent claims from Rossi, Focardi, Piantelli, Miley, McKubre, Storms, Ahern, Arata and others, it is inconceivable that this activity is not being matched elsewhere. In businesses around the world, foreign powers in and beyond NATO, university labs and well-resourced researchers already experienced in the field, a race is underway. In the scale of things, the playing field is modest but don’t be fooled by the silence. Even as the subject is denied with embarrassing ignorance by people I otherwise respect when their brains are engaged, I suspect that scientists from China, India, Russia, Japan and a host of other countries are immune to the FUD. I remain hopeful of the eCat but, no matter its fate, Rossi has started the train and it’s gathering steam.<< Previous Post -- -- Next post >>