Discovery Revives Hopes for Cold Fusion

Researcher believes limitless energy source may be on horizon
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2009 2:42 AM CDT
A claim that fusion has been created at room temperatures could open the door to almost limitless supplies of cheap energy if it can be verified.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – A new lab discovery holds promise that cold fusion could become a reality, according to a US Navy researcher. The chemist—whose report was greeted with skepticism in the scientific world—says her new process created highly energized neutrons in a reaction that could someday provide almost limitless amounts of cheap energy from seawater, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Nuclear fusion at low temperatures has long been a holy grail for scientists seeking clean energy sources, but a surge of interest in the field 20 years ago has waned as researchers' claims to have created cold fusion proved impossible to replicate.