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Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Science |

Scientist dies ‘almost’ invented cold fusion in the eighties

Scientist dies 'almost' invented cold fusion in the eighties

After suffering from Parkinson’s and diabetes for many years, died Friday of natural causes in his 85 years, the British chemist Martin Fleischmann, who shocked the world when he and Stanley Pons had proclaimed in 1989 that managed to create a nuclear at room temperature in an experiment at the University of Utah.

The announcement was taken as the first step in obtaining the expected ‘ ‘, a source of cheap energy, clean and renewable energy that would have imitated the process that occurs inside the sun, but without resorting to multi-million dollar facilities with reactors reach the millions in degrees.

Unfortunately the Fleischmann and Pons experiment, which consisted simply of two electrodes connected to a battery and that were submerged in a container of heavy water (deuterium rich) – could never be reproduced by other scientists, so it was classified as’ science trash ‘unable to be validated by their peers, who even accused the of incompetence and fraud.

This meant the end of the careers of both and put a blanket of doubt for nearly two decades on any investigation related to cold fusion (actually a few years ago that scientists began to return to the hypothetical reference on cold fusion and possibility that contribute to energy supply in the XXI century).

“It was a terrible experience,” Fleischmann told a German half 2005. The chemist never recovered its reputation, which even he was assigned a place in the Royal Society for the Advancement of Natural Science .

How the world would have changed if it had worked Fleischmann’s experiment?

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Link: Chemist Martin Fleischmann of cold fusion controversy center, dies at 85 (Washington Post)

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