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    Italian Scientists Claim (Dubious) Cold Fusion Breakthrough

    This is great! Or, is it? I'm thinking no.

    Italian Scientists Claim (Dubious) Cold Fusion Breakthrough - FoxNews.com

    Hypothetically (and broadly) speaking, the process involves fusing two smaller atomic nuclei together into a larger nucleus, a process that releases massive amounts of energy. If harnessed, cold fusion could provide cheap and nearly limitless energy with no radioactive byproduct or massive carbon emissions.

    Andrea Rossi and Sergio Focardi claim to have done exactly that. Their reactor, they claim, fuses atomic nuclei of nickel and hydrogen using about 1,000 watts of electricity which, after a few minutes, is reduced to an input of just 400 watts. This reaction purportedly can turn 292 grams of 68 degree water into turbine-turning steam -- a process that would normally require 12,400 watts of electricity, netting them a power gain of about 12,000 watts...

    The problem is, they haven’t provided any details on how the process works. After their paper was rejected by several peer reviewed scientific journals, it was published in the Journal of Nuclear Physics-- an online journal apparently founded by Rossi and Focardi. Further, they say they can’t account for how the cold fusion is triggered, fostering deep skepticism from others in the scientific community.

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    Re: Italian Scientists Claim (Dubious) Cold Fusion Breakthrough

    Its the Italians. They haven't given the world anything good since Rome was an empire.

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    Re: Italian Scientists Claim (Dubious) Cold Fusion Breakthrough

    Quote Originally Posted by Gray_Fox_86 View Post
    Its the Italians. They haven't given the world anything good since Rome was an empire.
    Pizza's pretty good.

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    Re: Italian Scientists Claim (Dubious) Cold Fusion Breakthrough

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    Pizza's pretty good.
    It is old though. So I guess since the invention of the pizza. Which was 400years ago........

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    Re: Italian Scientists Claim (Dubious) Cold Fusion Breakthrough

    Isn't nickel-hydrogen used to make a type of battery? Somehow I suspect these guys are just accidentally making and discharging a crappy battery. Some sort of chemical reaction or whatever that produces heat instead.
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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