CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1990 |
More cold water was thrown on the concept of cold fusion last week when researchers disclosed that the presence of a compound, which was generally considered the best proof that fusion had occurred, actually arose from contaminated experimental apparatus. Cold fusion purportedly was discovered last year by electrochemists B.
November 22, 2006 |
Seven partners representing half the world's population signed a pact Tuesday to build an experimental fusion reactor in southern France that could revolutionize global energy use for future generations. Construction of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project, or ITER, is expected to take eight years. The site is in Cadarache, near Marseille in the southern region of Provence. It will take decades for scientists to learn whether the long-awaited $12.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1989 |
Researchers at Yale University have been unable to produce cold fusion in an experiment conducted with one of the scientists who claimed to have discovered the phenomenon. Yale physicist Moshe Gai said the experiment conducted over 10 days in August at Yale's Nuclear Structure Laboratory, which has one of the two most sensitive neutron-detectors in the world, failed to produce any bursts of neutrons that would have indicated cold fusion.
March 24, 1989 |
The dramatic finding that could propel two virtually unknown chemists into scientific history began to take shape five years ago on a hike up Millcreek Canyon on the outskirts of Salt Lake City and culminated in a fateful decision in a family kitchen. On that day, Martin Fleischmann of the University of Southampton in England and B.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1989 |
Claims that excess energy can be produced by cold fusion raise some puzzling questions that deserve further research, but they are too weak to justify special government research efforts, an Energy Department advisory panel said Wednesday. The panel recommended to Energy Secretary James D. Watkins that no special funds be earmarked for investigating cold fusion and that the government not establish special programs or research centers to work on the issue.
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.
November 26, 2005 |
A test at the National Ignition Facility in Livermore has shown that laser pulses shot into a gold-lined cavity called a hohlraum can produce the X-rays necessary to trigger nuclear fusion. The experimental facility, scheduled for completion in 2009, will focus ultraviolet laser beams into the hohlraum to generate X-rays that stimulate fusion in frozen deuterium and tritium.
September 3, 1994 |
Ideological and political battles over nuclear weapon research were presumed as dead as the arms race, but bomb designers and arms control advocates are facing off yet again over a massive weapon project at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The lab, east of San Francisco, wants to build a laser the size of a football stadium.
January 4, 1992 |
Equipment failure probably caused a fatal laboratory explosion involving cold fusion research, fire investigators said. The blast at SRI International that killed one researcher and injured three others occurred after an automatic pressure-release valve failed on a sealed canister, said Menlo Park Fire Capt. Jim Lichtenstein. "One of the experimenters tried to open it manually to release the pressure valve and that's when it blew up," Lichtenstein said.