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Quack Science: Why Are NASA Glenn and Langley Funding Cold Fusion Research?

By Keith Cowing
January 16, 2012
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Cold Fusion: NASA Says Nothing Useful, Forbes
“I find it interesting and rather puzzling that the summary states that LENR is the new name for cold fusion (thereby implying that the two terms describe the same process) when many other people and organizations argue that these are quite different phenomena. I’d love to read a simple explanation of the difference between LENR and cold fusion that doesn’t use explanations that themselves require further, and equally complex, explanations. Anyway, it appears that the NASA recently published something much more interesting about Low Energy Nuclear Reaction or LENR. Last Wednesday, with a minimum of fuss, NASA’s Glenn Research Center released a video on their Web site that discussed the organization’s LENR research.”
Why is NASA Langley Wasting Time on Cold Fusion Research?, earlier post
Keith’s note: It should be quite obvious that NASA Headquarters exerts little – if any – control over what its field centers do – especially when quack science is concerned. At a time when NASA is trying to justify its relevance, the continued semi-clandestine support for this goofy fringe science calls into question the process whereby NASA decides what should be funded – and why. Here’s the official NASA video. And just who is advising Ray Lugo or Lesa Roe on this wacky stuff? Let’s see how (or if) NASA PAO responds. If this is the big deal that some folks at NASA claim it is (see patent application below) then why is NASA Headquarters silent on this topic – especially given that Charlie Bolden is mentioned (by position) on the patent application?
Method for Producing Heavy Electrons, United States Patent Application
Zawodny; Joseph M.; (Poquoson, VA) Assignee: USA as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC
“[0032] The advantages of the present invention are numerous. Devices/systems made in accordance with the present invention control the frequency of the SPP resonance and its uniformity over large surface or volume regions. This will allow an entire device to participate in heavy electron production and ensuing energy generation. The present invention is adaptable to a variety of physical states/geometries and is scalable in size thereby making it available for energy production in a wide variety of applications (e.g., hand-held and large scale electronics, automobiles, aircraft, surface ships, electric power generation, rockets, etc.)”

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