"No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine." - - - William Blum

June 06, 2005

The Cold Facts

Is it finally true? (snippet)

Coming in out of the cold: Cold fusion, for real
By Michelle Thaller | csmonitor.com
PASADENA, CALIF. - For the last few years, mentioning cold fusion around scientists (myself included) has been a little like mentioning Bigfoot or UFO sightings. After the 1989 announcement of fusion in a bottle, so to speak, and the subsequent retraction, the whole idea of cold fusion seemed a bit beyond the pale. But that's all about to change.

A very reputable, very careful group of scientists at the University of Los Angeles (Brian Naranjo, Jim Gimzewski, Seth Putterman) has initiated a fusion reaction using a laboratory device that's not much bigger than a breadbox, and works at roughly room temperature. This time, it looks like the real thing....

I've lived most of my life in L.A. and I can tell you, there is no "University of Los Angeles". If you do a Google search, though, you'll find these guys working at UCLA. CSMonitor needs better editors. Anyway, maybe now we can strike "peak oil" off our list of the Top Ten Things Over Which Liberals Fret Incessantly.

[Update: I have another gripe with CSMonitor: You can't use three prepositions in a row, especially in a headline ("in out of"), without making every high school English teacher cringe.]

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