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Italian Inventors Enter ‘Cold Fusion’ Arena

JEANE MANNING

An “Energy Catalyzer” is the new item on the energy frontier at the time of this writing. Italian engineer Andrea A. Rossi and Professor Sergio Focardi of the University of Bologna announced a technology for a reaction that produces excess heat—at low cost and in quantities that would make it commercially useful. It involves a catalytic reaction be­tween nickel, hydrogen, and some secret elements, but they avoid calling it “cold fusion.” At this time it looks like the Italians do have a viable technology that…

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Sabotaging the Search for Life on Mars The search for life on Mars, if not elsewhere, may be doomed from the start. There is real evidence that the folks at NASA and elsewhere within the space establishment may be, at least subconsciously, trying to block such a discov­ery. A few years ago when the Jet Propulsion Laboratory was forced by public pressure to take high-resolution photo­graphs of the notorious Face on Mars, the resulting publicly released image was so distorted through the use of high-and…

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Air Force Pays to Search for ET on Kepler-22b With the recent discovery by NASA’s Kepler space telescope of Earth-size planets in orbit around distant stars, the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence, better known as SETI, has received a new lease on life, but not for the reasons you might think. It turns out that the U.S. Air Force’s Space Command has decided that SETI would be a good outfit to check and see if there are any intelligent radio signals emanating from the newly…

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New-Energy Scientists Get New Respect

By Jeane Manning

When given $300 for an airline ticket anywhere, what kind of woman chooses to attend a conference of the American Chemical Society? And she’s not even a chemist, much less a scientist of any stripe. Yes, the ACS annual meeting was in sunny San Francisco this spring and part of her getaway trip included an afternoon with a New Energy group at her host’s house, meeting with an inventor who drove up from Los Angeles, and a dinner party when physicist Thor­sten Ludwig of Germany…

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From Whirlpools to Gyres: The Promise of Vortex Science

By Jeane Manning

If you personify nature and think about what would be in Mother Nature’s toolbox, you’d see her favorite shape, the vortex. It’s a three-dimensional spiral and comes in various sizes from galactic down to the planetary scale—the helical trajectories of planets—and on down to microscopic vortices. It has other names such as gyre and helix. You see its spiraling imprint on seashells and fern fronds, pinecones and pineapples—and throughout our own bodies. Nature not only works with the vortex shape, nature plays with it. By…

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The Puzzles of New Energy and Perpetual Motion

By Jeane Manning

Times are indeed changing—or spiraling around to revisit previous themes from a slightly different perspective. The November 2012 issue of Discover Magazine’s Big Idea section features a two-page article titled, “Bring Back the Cold Fusion Dream.” Discover Magazine is discovering a theory that researchers who’ve been watching the energy frontier have been hearing about for a few years. The Widom-Larsen theory explains the excess heat from the tabletop experiment dubbed “cold fusion,” that Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons announced in 1989. Allan Widom and Lewis…

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