Discover Magazine has posted an article about Cold Fusion, titled in part “Bring Back the Dream”. This is a surprising development, since many online journals and magazines still steadfastly refuse to acknowledge the existence of cold fusion. Mark Anderson, author of the article written in October and published in the November issue of Discover, covers the Fleischman/Pons experiments of the late 1980s and the fallout afterward.
He then covers the development of the Widom-Larsen theory, and the subsequent studies in Low Energy Nuclear Reaction, or LENR. He credits the acceptance of Larsen’s theory to Larsen’s reputation within the scientific community, and says the success of the Widom-Larsen theory has prompted CERN to hold a colloquium based on LENR, and encouraged NASA to release information on their studies in LENR with Joseph Zawodny.
Anderson also mentioned Larsen’s company, Lattice Energy, founded in 2001, and that the scientist hopes to raise at least $25 million USD to further work on his generators. In addition, Anderson refers to Dennis Bushnell with NASA who has stated that LENR could possibly replace coal, providing a better standard of living for the world.
Anderson’s report on LENR is very readable, explaining the process in laymen’s terms so that it is easier to understand. He limits his news to the Widom-Larsen theory, however, as this was evidently not a comprehensive article.
This does lead followers of LENR to observe that Larsen and Lattice Energy is trying to raise $25 million to continue research, while Andrea Rossi has proceeded to market his devices without any public funding.
Even though the article did not mention Andrea Rossi, it still is a quality recognition of the field. Perhaps this will help to pave the way for more media to acknowledge LENR, once Rossi’s plants are open to the public.