Two More Telltale Signs Of Cold Fusion
The circle of evidence suggesting that cold fusion may be real after all has closed a little tighter. At the Third International Conference on Cold Fusion, held in late October in Nagoya, Japan, both Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (NTT) and India's Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) reported that they had found the telltale "ash" of nuclear reactions in cold-fusion experiments.
NTT found helium-4 in all five of its latest experiments, while BARC detected tritium in more than a dozen heat-generating experiments it has run since January. Both helium-4 and tritium are rare in nature, and nuclear fusion is virtually the only explanation for amounts of these elements above the so-called background level.
NTT's results are perhaps the most persuasive, because the tests conducted under the direction of Eiichi Yamaguchi, an NTT senior scientist, were done in a vacuum chamber. Contamination from natural helium-4 is thus unlikely. Still, because some previous reports of helium-4 byproducts were traced to contamination, scientists are reserving judgment until NTT's experiments are replicated by other labs.
To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.
If you believe that you may have received this message in error please let us know.
- China Warns It May Retaliate If U.S. Imposes Metal Tariffs
- Box-Office Smash ‘Black Panther’ May Be Game Changer for Artists
- All 65 Aboard Plane Feared Dead in Crash in Southern Iran
- Apple’s New Spaceship Campus Has One Flaw – and It Hurts
- Winn-Dixie and Tops Owners Are Said to Prepare for Bankruptcy