New Burst of Energy Could Bring Cold Fusion to Front Burner
After decades of wandering in the scientific wilderness, cold fusion may be returning to the land of the acceptable. It’s been more than 20 years since esteemed researchers Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann electrified the world with news that they’d observed low-energy nuclear reactions at the atomic level that generated excess heat, holding out the promise of “cold fusion” that did not require the blast furnace of nuclear fission as part of the energy-creating process. But because the Pons-Fleischmann results couldn’t be repeated consistently–and since it was also discovered that they had not, in fact, observed any nuclear reaction byproducts–cold fusion has largely been rejected, and Pons and Fleischmann discredited, by the mainstream scientific community.
Still, the hope that cold fusion somehow works and that clean, abundant, free energy might be just around the corner has been an alluring siren call for a few researchers working quietly in the past two decades. And now, it seems, some relatively interesting players seem at least willing to test the waters to finally determine whether cold fusion is real and can be modeled and tested properly with real equipmentâ€¦or whether it’s just a myth after all.