Michael McKubre: “God Bless Google!”

Thanks to Jonas Matuzas for sharing a link to a new article in Infinite Energy magazine written by long-time CF/LENR/CMNS researcher Michael McKubre who writes about the Google-sponsored cold fusion research project that was recently covered in the journal Nature.

https://www.infinite-energy.com/iemagazine/issue146/McKubreGoogle.pdf

McKubre states that he is “delighted” that Google has been involved in this four-year research project, (he says he was himself involved in the early stages). He does not think that the Nature article is perfect, and points out what he sees as some flaws, but he believes that fact alone that the article has been published is of great importance to progress in the field. He writes:

“The existence of this publication is of immeasurable importance—just the fact that it exists and exists in Nature. Since their early rejection of “cold fusion,” many erstwhile practitioners have attempted, but none have passed the gates of Nature. I have written before that probably the most effective disincentive to research and researchers in the CMNS field is the perceived embargo of mainstream publication. That embargo is herewith lifted. The barrier is down. The door has not been opened fully and entrance broadly welcomed, but the nose of the camel is under the tent. Academics will be “allowed” to pursue their interests in the CMNS world, and many with high and relevant aptitude already have expressed interest in uncovering the secrets of nuclear processes in condensed matter.

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“Our field is dying. Our average age increases nearly one year per year. I was 40 when we started in 1989 and near the peak of my career. Now I am 70 and retired. The problem is not just age and inactivity, it is unwillingness and inability to learn or change. We need fresh new ideas and perspe ctives and to incorporate technically modern concepts. We need to attract young people into our field! Google has done that, deliberately, by program design.”

McKubre quotes from the Nature articles in which the researchers, while not replicating the Pons/Fleischmann effect, saw things they did not expect to see, like detecting neutrons from D-D fusion, and this has been enough for the research team to want to continue their work. Overall, he is extremely pleased with this effort.

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Norman Cook Dies

Thanks to Joseph Fine for sharing this sad news:

“Dr. Norman D. Cook passed away on June 14, 2019 after a long illness.

“See the following article from Infinite Energy Magazine.

http://www.infinite-energy.com/resources/norman-cook.html

“A third edition of his book Models of the Atomic Nucleus will hopefully be released in August.”

Dr Cook was a professor of Computer Science in the Department of Informatics at Kansai University (Osaka, Japan). He had collaborated with Andrea Rossi on some theoretical work connected with LENR and in 2015 the two published a paper together titled “On the Nuclear Mechanisms Underlying the Heat Production by the E-Cat” (https://arxiv.org/abs/1504.01261)

Here is a video of Dr Cook’s presentation at ICCF-21 in June, 2018 titled “The “Renaissance” in Nuclear Physics: Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions and Transmutations”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYzrBtU_Bis

Mizuno Responds to Additional Questions

On the Vortex-l mailing list Jed Rothwell has posted some questions that have been asked of Tadahiko Mizuno about replicating his recently published CF/LENR experiment. Jed, who speaks and reads Japanese, acts somewhat as an intermediary between interested experimenters because of the language barrier, so the answers he provides are his translations.

Q. Does the mass of reactant matter?

A. The more reactant you have, the better, so please put in as much as possible.

Q. Is there an optimum number of layers?

A. Probably, the more layers the better, without an upper limit.

Q. Is the choice of Pd important?

A. Probably not. But you should rub it hard. The hypothesis is that by strongly rubbing the Pd into the Ni, you break up the oxide layer and create complex phases of metal on metal. That’s what I think is happening, but I do not understand the mechanism yet.

Q. What about the choice of detergent, or the choice of the scrubbing pad?

A. I do not suppose the choice of detergent has an effect on excess heat generation. It probably has nothing to do with it. Just use whatever type you like. However, be sure to rinse thoroughly. This is necessary. I also doubt the choice of scrub pad has anything to do with heat generation. However, be sure to scrub the mesh thoroughly and then wash with alcohol.

In addition to this Q & A, Jed Rothwell reported on LENR Forum that he has revised the paper he and Mizuno jointly published. The updated version can be accessed here:

https://www.lenr-canr.org/acrobat/MizunoTincreasede.pdf

He says the most important revision is on page 12:

Three meshes are prepared for one test. . . .

Rubbing is done with a palladium rod, 100 mm long, diameter 5.0 mm, 99.95% purity. Before rubbing the mesh, weigh it with a precision scale. Then vigorously rub the entire surface, left and right and up and down. Turn the mesh over and rub the other side. Weigh the mesh again. Continue until the weight increases by 15 to 20 mg. The weight of the stack of three meshes should increase by about 50 mg.

[NOTE: I was confused about this. I thought the 50 mg of Pd was for one mesh. My mistake, not Mizuno’s.]

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Question for Replicators: Anyone Interested in Testing Mizuno-Prepared Nickel Meshes?

Bob Greenyer has posted this question, thought it should be highlighted in a new post — it should be of interest to anyone thinking of trying to replicate the recently published Mizuno experiment described here:
http://lenr-canr.org/acrobat/MizunoTincreasede.pdf.

Bob asks:

“How many people are interested in Mizuno preparing a set of Nickel Meshes (Pd coated) for $400 plus shipping? Serious question.”

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“Electron-Behaving Nanoparticles Rock Current Understanding of Matter” (Northwestern University News Release)

Thanks to Stephen for pointing out this news release from Northwestern University (Illinois, USA) which reports on research carried out in the field of nanotechnology.

https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2019/06/electron-behaving-nanoparticles-rock-current-understanding-of-matter/

Here’s an excerpt:

It’s not an electron. But it sure does act like one.

Northwestern University researchers have made a strange and startling discovery that nanoparticles engineered with DNA in colloidal crystals — when extremely small — behave just like electrons. Not only has this finding upended the current, accepted notion of matter, it also opens the door for new possibilities in materials design.

olvera metallicityMonica Olvera de la Cruz
“We have never seen anything like this before,” said Northwestern’s Monica Olvera de la Cruz, who made the initial observation through computational work. “In our simulations, the particles look just like orbiting electrons.”

With this discovery, the researchers introduced a new term called “metallicity,” which refers to the mobility of electrons in a metal. In colloidal crystals, tiny nanoparticles roam similarly to electrons and act as a glue that holds the material together.

“This is going to get people to think about matter in a new way,” said Northwestern’s Chad Mirkin, who led the experimental work. “It’s going to lead to all sorts of materials that have potentially spectacular properties that have never been observed before. Properties that could lead to a variety of new technologies in the fields of optics, electronics and even catalysis.”

The paper will publish Friday, June 21 in the journal Science.

Document to Help Mizuno LENR Replicators

There have been some comments that have expressed a desire that there be a document available to help people who are thinking about trying to replicate the experiment recently reported in the paper by Mizuno and Rothwell (Increased Excess Heat from Palladium Deposited on Nickel http://lenr-canr.org/acrobat/MizunoTincreasede.pdf)

Here was a comment by Yes today:

“I recommend to create Google Doc with a list of the components and where to buy them in a various countries. And possibly step by step instructions that will be more detailed over time.”

I have created a Google document that can be used for this purpose. Iif anyone would like to contribute to it.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQBE2iZT6XPJP4EpgHeDY4xYj1OJ5q5vGh55MUi-TLZSm1IQeK-2bzOr5xbTMtJFFJ1RUo5cucq8Meu/pub

If anyone would like to contribute to the document, please send me an email (ecatworld@gmail.com), and I will give you editing privileges. Hopefully people can find this useful and cooperate without making the doc too chaotic!

New MFMP Video – “OHMA – Strange Radiation – The Causal structure”

Bob Greenyer of the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project has posted a new video which he says “is a real moment in our project’s history.”

He shows an image of a ‘strange radiation’ track that was taken from one of the Ohmasa vibrator plates from the lab of Ryoshu Ohmasa in Japan, and asks what could be the cause of this track. He then shows a mark from another Ohamsa vibrator plate and proposes that this could be the cause of the strange radiation track, if it were rotating around.

Bob says that he has ‘seen this before’, in an image taken of a palladium-deuterium system in a January 1993 article in Fusion Technology by Matsumoto. Bob says he thinks these ‘clusters’ strange radiation.

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New Mizuno Paper Claims Improved Excess Heat Production in Nickel-Palladium Mesh System (COP of 5-10)

Thanks to Jed Rothwell for posting on Vortex-l a link to a preprint of a paper by Tadahiko Mizuno and Rothwell that will be presented at ICCF-22 in Italy later this year.

The title is: Increased Excess Heat from Palladium Deposited on Nickel

http://lenr-canr.org/acrobat/MizunoTincreasede.pdf

Here is the abstract:

We have developed an improved method of producing excess heat with nickel mesh coated with palladium. The new method produces higher power, a larger output to input ratio, and it can be controlled effectively. With 50 W of input, it produces ~250 W of excess heat, and with 300 W it produces ~2 to 3 kW. This paper is a comprehensive description of the apparatus, the reactant, and the method. We hope this paper will allow others to replicate the experiment.

The COP ranges reported here are between 5 and 10, which is very impressive as these are ranges that are hard to argue away as noise, and show potential for commercial application. The fact that he is encouraging replications is also very interesting, and if successful replications occur it would be very important for the field of LENR.

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Rossi’s Direct Electricity E-Cat Test Halted After Component Failure — Will Retest in a Month

Andrea Rossi reported that his team would be carrying out an important test this month to see whether the E-Cat SK Leonardo could produce electricity directly, and had said that the test was taking place in California. Now he states that the test has ended early because of some problems with the device.

Here are some comments about the situation from the Journal of Nuclear Physics:

Gerard McEk
June 15, 2019 at 7:02 AM
Dear Andrea,
1. Are you happy about the progress in testing your E-cat SKe?

Andrea Rossi
June 15, 2019 at 9:22 AM
Gerard MkEk:
1. Partly: some parts of the Ecat SK-Leonardo worked very well, better than expected, but some worked poorly. We had to suspend the test and return to remanufacture some parts differently. Much work still to do. Never give up.

Frank Acland
June 16, 2019 at 8:12 AM
Dear Andrea,

You said that you stopped the E-Cat SK Leonardo test because of certain components failing.

1. Do you know yet what corrections need to be made?
2. What is the timetable for retesting?
3. How serious is do you feel this setback for the prospects of direct electricity production from the E-Cat SK?

Andrea Rossi
June 16, 2019 at 12:23 PM
Frank Acland:
1- yes
2- 1 month
3- we will never give up
Warm Regards
A.R.

Steven N. Karels
June 16, 2019 at 5:35 PM
Dear Andrea Rossi,

The purpose of prototype testing is to see what works and what needs improvement. Congrads on accomplishing a major step forward. Do the needed redesign and test again.

Andrea Rossi
June 17, 2019 at 3:08 AM
Steven N. Karels:
Exactly.
Warm Regards,
A.R.

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MFMP Video: Ohmasa Vibration Technology — First Look and Demonstration.

Here’s a new video from the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project showing a demonstration of the Ohmasa vibration machines demonstrated to the MFMP’s Bob Greenyer and George Egeley by the inventor, Ryoshu Ohmasa at his laboratory in Japan.

It’s nice to see some footage of the things that Bob has been reporting about recently, as it allows for a clearer idea of what is going on. Apparently Mr. Ohmasa has told Bob that he will be able to have one (or more) of these devices to carry out further testing.