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[PhysOrg]Italian scientists claim to have demonstrated Cold Fusion

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Despite the intense skepticism, a small community of scientists is still investigating near-room-temperature fusion reactions. The latest news occurred last week, when Italian scientists Andrea Rossi and Sergio Focardi of the University of Bologna announced that they developed a cold fusion device capable of producing 12,400 W of heat power with an input of just 400 W. Last Friday, the scientists held a private invitation press conference in Bologna, attended by about 50 people, where they demonstrated what they claim is a nickel-hydrogen fusion reactor. Further, the scientists say that the reactor is well beyond the research phase; they plan to start shipping commercial devices within the next three months and start mass production by the end of 2011.
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I've never read a more sketchy article. I am extremely skeptical. In the exceedingly off chance this is legit, yay?
    
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The name of the city makes this whole story seem like bologna.
    
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Originally Posted by Peroxide View Post
The name of the city makes this whole story seem like bologna.
LOL

Also, mass produced in the end of one year?
We'll see...
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Doubt its true, my belief in science is stronger than some sketchy looking article.

However, if this is true, this is a game changer for the world.
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They claim it works but they can't explain how? ....hmmmm...
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In the words of Forrest Gump: "I may not be a smart man, but I know what fusion is." At least I think that is how it goes...
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Fusing "the most common isotope of Nickel" (58Ni) with non-deuterium hydrogen (H) would make 59CU... which would immediately decay via positron emission to 59Ni, which has a half life of >70,000 years, ie. short enough to generate considerable radioactivity, and long enough to be awkward to store.

Why are there no radioactive byproducts? Because there's no fusion going on.
Edited by Phaedrus2129 - 1/20/11 at 10:35pm
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It's not real plain and simple. It's a scam.

The only way we will get to sustainable fusion with true output gains is the ITER project
Edited by Slappa - 1/20/11 at 10:34pm
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I've read about cold fusion in New Scientist magazine. It appears to actually happen under certain conditions but scientists still don't know exactly what's going on with it. It appears to be real.
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