October 26, 1990 |
With the future of Utah's cold fusion research program hanging in the balance, the saga of two scientists who claimed last year to have discovered fusion-in-a-jar slipped further into the realm of comic opera Thursday when neither showed up for a critical meeting to reassess state funding for the program. The University of Utah's Stanley Pons has mysteriously disappeared, and has been communicating with his institution only by one-way fax.
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August 28, 1989 |
University of Utah physicists announced last week that they could find no evidence of a nuclear reaction in the room-temperature fusion experiment conducted by Stanley Pons of Utah and Martin Fleischmann of the University of Southampton in England. Pons and Fleischmann reported in March that they could produce excess energy from fusion in an electrochemical cell involving platinum and palladium electrodes immersed in so-called heavy water.
July 13, 1989 |
An advisory panel to the Energy Department on Wednesday recommended that no new government effort be made to verify the University of Utah "cold fusion" experiments that startled the international scientific community last March. The panel, assembled at the request of Energy Secretary James D. Watkins last April, said in a draft report that it found no "convincing evidence" that the phenomena attributed to cold fusion would produce useful sources of energy.
April 5, 1989 |
There is growing evidence that two scientists who claimed last month to have achieved a major breakthrough in nuclear fusion are at least partly correct, but recently acquired copies of their research report raise puzzling questions about one of their major findings. At least a dozen major laboratories around the world are now trying to repeat the experiments announced by electrochemists B. Stanley Pons and Milton Fleischmann, and there have been scattered reports of some success.
April 1, 1989 |
The scientist whose name is mentioned these days with Edison and Einstein came to his front door in a rugby shirt, stocking feet and bad mood. "I can't find my slides," B. Stanley Pons snapped. Yes, the slides were missing, the ones Pons had used to illustrate nuclear fusion.
March 31, 1989 |
Federal scientists from the Los Alamos National Laboratory will take sensitive scientific instruments to Utah next week to help analyze an experiment there that has been touted as a breakthrough in the effort to produce energy through nuclear fusion. Los Alamos is one of nine laboratories across the country trying to duplicate the experiment.