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    60 Minutes segment last weekend "Cold Fusion"

    I was watching this segment on Cold Fusion and the scientist who is working on this mentions the main component is Palladium. They use the purest Palladium somewhere in Europe to create the reaction. I then went to the website and they use both,Platinum/Palladium for the process.
    OH-oh! Can this mean prices for the metals will go up some more? I wonder if I could use my prints to make a cold fusion reaction?

    http://superwavefusion.com/the-process
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    This broadcast was quite a big bore. For all their talk, they had no documentation, no repeatability, no theoretical basis, ...

    Aside from the fact that what they claim violates the laws of thermodynamics! [Perhaps they can get Congress to rewrite the laws of thermodynamics in the spare time they have available for solving the Worldwide Bush Depression.]

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    Steve, actually since it is not a chemical reaction cold fusion doesn't violate the laws of thermodynamics. It would fall with other nuclear energy processes and follow the E=MC^2 relationship. Fusing two deuterium results in a helium with less mass than the deuterium. The lost mass is converted to heat energy.

    This is not to say I think they have it working, though I will withhold judgement as it is potentially possible.

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    Cold fusion per Pons and Fleischman is going nowhere. It is a standard joke at any physics conference that I attend; why the chemists decided to give it more press this year is beyond me. I wish them lots of luck with that.

    The real cold fusion is muon catalyzed and is quite well known in the physics community.
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    Will I be able to hook wires to my box of reject platinum/palladium prints and provide power for my house? It would be nice to get some return for the $ tied up in those prints!

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    It was a farce the first time and its a farce this time. Just another scam to get research money and tenure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Hawley View Post
    It was a farce the first time and its a farce this time. Just another scam to get research money and tenure.
    I don't know. I don't think it was an intentional scam the first time, just sloppy research. The current guys I am not sure I trust though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    This broadcast was quite a big bore. For all their talk, they had no documentation, no repeatability, no theoretical basis, ...

    Aside from the fact that what they claim violates the laws of thermodynamics! [Perhaps they can get Congress to rewrite the laws of thermodynamics in the spare time they have available for solving the Worldwide Bush Depression.]

    Steve
    Thank you Steve. Those were my thoughts exactly... down to the last detail (Including the stuff inside the square brackets :-) ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    Will I be able to hook wires to my box of reject platinum/palladium prints and provide power for my house? It would be nice to get some return for the $ tied up in those prints!

    Vaughn
    Can I get an amen, brother?

    That and a Prius would just about do it for me...

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    Title made me think it was a show about an old ex-girlfriend.

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