Inventor: I've Cracked Cold Fusion
Hold your applause: Paper has not been peer-reviewed
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2013 5:56 PM CDT
Updated May 21, 2013 8:00 PM CDT
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(Newser) – This is either bombshell, world-changing news or "one of the most elaborate hoaxes in scientific history," reports Mark Gibbs at Forbes. An Italian engineer who claims to have achieved cold fusion—the holy grail of clean energy—says his E-Cat device has been deemed credible by an independent team of scientists from European universities. They're all legit scientists with reputations on the line, writes Gibbs, but there's one huge caveat: Their paper has yet to undergo peer review. If inventor Andrea Rossi is right, however, it would mean cheap, pollution-free power for the world. Think "10,000 times the energy density and 1,000 times the power density of gasoline," notes ExtremeTech.

Too good to be true? Maybe so, writes Francie Diep at Popular Science. Rossi doesn't exactly have a sterling reputation based on previous "spurious inventions" of his, and many mainstream scientists doubt that cold fusion is even possible. What's more, the paper "leaves out crucial details, for example referring to 'unknown additives' instead of specifying what chemicals actually go into the reaction." Stay tuned.

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ppaca
May 23, 2013 10:22 AM CDT
This time cold fusion works. Berlusconi's Bunga-Bunga parties are a cover-up for demonstrations of its viability. .
DaveRauschkolb
May 23, 2013 6:27 AM CDT
If it is true this guy will get "disappeared" by the industries to be made obsolete by his discovery.
I_hate_to_say
May 23, 2013 1:21 AM CDT
Peer review, schmeer review ... just leave it up to the Congress "science guy" Republican Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas. He'll tell us whether it's worth looking into and how much should be spent on research. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/30/lamar-smith-science-peer-review_n_3189107.html