Cold Fusion's Return Gets The Cold Shoulder

Has cold fusion come back from the dead? On Apr. 25, just over two years after University of Utah chemists B. Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann electrified the world with the promise of unlimited energy from fusion in a jar, physicists Frederick Mayer and John Reitz from Mayer Applied Research Inc. in Ann Arbor, Mich., called a press conference in Boston to say that cold fusion can indeed work. Their idea is that a proton and electron could form a previously unknown particle that would act as a catalyst to speed the normal fusion reactions.

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