A LENR meeting is newly proposed to educate mainstream scientists on developments in the field. Sponsored by the European Physical Society, the meeting is contingent upon at least 40 registrants. However, the scheduled program is available and contains talks by leaders in the field.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
*Meeting subject to 40 or more registrations by May 31st.
The 20th International Conference on Condensed Matter Nuclear Science occurs in Sendai, Japan this October. Sponsored by Clean Planet and Tohoku University, updates on experimental results and commercial successes and challenges will be presented.
20th International Conference on Condensed Matter Nuclear Science ICCF-20
Co-chairs Professors Yasuhiro Iwamura and Jirohta Kasagi
Hosted by CMNR Division, Research Center for Electron Photon Science (ELPH)and Tohoku University
Sponsored in part by Tohoku University and Clean Planet
Having just wrapped up the week long 18th International Conference on Cold Fusion, some post thoughts and take-aways are beginning to form, and likely will continue in the days to come, as the decompression from the conference and related travel begin to take shape.
The Hours, Long.
The conference itself was excellent, though in actual execution it was rather brutal. Peter Hagelstein told me it reminded him of a conference in the early 2000’s where after all was said and done he settled in for a full 24 hour sleep. This conference had many of the attendees feeling the same way.
For myself and Ruby, after the 8am to 6 or 7pm lectures and presentations would conclude, it was a quick stop into town for some food and then back to the university dorm room (where most of the attendees stayed) for a complete write up on the days events while downloading photos and video, and transferring over numerous 32gig chips to hard drives. We’d usually wrap up a little before 1 am, then set the alarm for 6 to fix typos and finish up any transfers, before the presentations began at 8am.
Seeing as no one else was doing this, covering the event that is, it became a must do moral imperative that fueled us forward. The television program 60 minutes was apparently there for part of one day and I think there was an AP reporter sitting in front of me during some of the lectures, but most of the time I noticed he was on his laptop looking at Facebook.
There was also a filmmaker named Ken Fox who had attended a previous conference and was working diligently on his own Cold Fusion documentary. We hung out and shared ideas, technical and otherwise. Great guy.
But as far as the day to day coverage went with nightly publishing, ColdFusionNow.org was pretty much it.
The Power of Gathering.
“Human relationships always help us to carry on because they always presuppose further developments, a future — and also because we live as if our only task was precisely to have relationships with other people.” — Albert Camus
What was evident at this conference was the power of gathering. The enthusiasm among the scientists, researchers and attendees was strong. One night we simply selected numerous photos from the day and made them the majority of the post in an attempt to convey the excitement present in the air. While one criticism came in on the lack of coverage for that day, someone else did get what we were visually trying to reveal. I posted it to our Facebook page and this was one of the responses that summed it up nicely:
I was just looking through some ICCF-18 “day three” pics from coldfusionnow.org If you have any confidence in reading body language and facial expressions as an indicator, you would probably agree that the conference and more importantly, it’s content are being received with “warm regards”… http://coldfusionnow.org/iccf-18-day-3-photos/
A leading scientist in the field told me during one of the breaks that the most exciting part of the conference was not actually so much the lectures, but rather the “behind the scenes” activity going on. Many exchanges on experiments and other aspects took place, and some of the information exchanged by presenters was not included in their lectures.
On top of it all was the simple act of friends from across the globe coming together, seeing one another, hanging out, laughing, smiling, socializing, philosophizing and reminiscing. While the same elements of any annual conference on any subject would take place, this being the subject of Cold Fusion and the history this particular endeavor carries, there seems an extra importance in having these conferences and sharing comradery with one another.
THE YOUNG GUNS.
If there was one theme I noticed throughout, one element that according to others separated this conference from those in the past, it was clearly the talk about, The Young Guns.
Heavyweights Mike McKubre and Peter Hagelstein both personally commented how the presence of young people at this conference was astonishing and inspiring.
At Thursday night’s banquet, Peter had young men and women going up to him and requesting photographs. Peter said that his heart got yanked hard when he was being told by some of the young people how his work had really inspired them.
Others as well were surprised by the presence of youth. Many were encouraged by it, seeing as the leaders in the field are getting up there in years (McKubre is nearing 65, and considered the Young Gun of the remaining original ICCF group).
The Young Guns ranged from a high school student attending the conference with her dad (and was now re-considering variations on her experiments after listening to the lectures) to the extremely knowledgeable young men and women from the Sidney Kimmel Institute of Nuclear Renaissance (SKINR). I also met a 20 something guy named Nikita involved with analytical chemistry (pictured in the above top photo with Peter) who was part of the poster session presentations. He had incredible enthusiasm. At one point he stood beaming while carefully looking around the room. He then turned to me and said, “Yeah, these are my people…”
The Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project really made their presence known at this conference and they are definitely creating a pathway for young people to hop on board and get directly involved with Cold Fusion applications and experimentation. They provide a certain “cool” to this field while combining all the important elements from utilizing technology and the internet in relevant ways to taking direct, immediate actions to make things happen, all while backing it with strong and addicting enthusiasm. They made a HUGE mark at ICCF-18.
Overall, it was a long conference, and we agreed with many attendees who said they felt it was weeks and not days that had gone by. However the agreement was also that it was a very positive outcome and an excellent and very uplifting gathering.
The University of Missouri and Rob Duncan organized and put on a tight event that, while overwhelming in nature, was outstanding in outcome, with some very strong take-aways to push this field in the young and enthusiastic direction it needs to go.
Defkalion Green Technologies has scheduled two public demonstrations of their Hyperion core reactor next week concurrent with the 18th International Conference on Cold Fusion (ICCF-18).
Defkalion originates from Greece, but now has their main lab in Vancouver, Canada. Labs dedicated to applications for the steam generator are in part located in Brazil and Milano, Italy. The two demos will occur from two different locations in Vancouver and Milano beginning on July 22, 2013, concurrent the ICCF-18 Defkalion poster event occurring in Columbia, Missouri, USA.
“There will be an official announcement of this technology during ICCF 18 (International Conference Cold Fusion 18) at the University of Missouri (USA) […]. For those interested you can see this Internet transmission of all phases of the experiment, power, performance and off – he wrote about the CEO of Defkalion Europe Franco Cappiello – In this broadcast will participate in two independent scientists and two science journalists at international level, in addition to a component Cicap.”
Generally called the International Conference on Cold Fusion (ICCF), the apparent violation includes designation as a “Fringe topic with insufficient coverage in mainstream sources to establish notability“.
In Wikispeak, the article fails the “General notability guideline“, i.e.:
If a topic has received significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the subject, it is presumed to satisfy the inclusion criteria for a stand-alone article or stand-alone list.
According to Wikipedia, the article also fails for “Primary, secondary and tertiary sources“:
Wikipedia articles should be based on reliable, published secondary sources and, to a lesser extent, on tertiary sources. Secondary or tertiary sources are needed to establish the topic’s notability and to avoid novel interpretations of primary sources, though primary sources are permitted if used carefully. All interpretive claims, analyses, or synthetic claims about primary sources must be referenced to a secondary source, rather than to an original analysis of the primary-source material by Wikipedia editors.
While we find the article poorly written (focusing on the word “crackpot” one too many times), the article does not meet the deletion criteria above.
High level research more than notable
Cold fusion is an umbrella term utilized to denote the science surrounding the Fleischmann-Pons Effect (FPE) of excess heat generated from metal-hydrides, as well as the multitude of transmutation effects.
At every ICCF, researchers from agencies, academia, and private industry have met to untangle one of the greatest scientific questions in history: what conditions can cause such great heat to occur in tiny pieces of metal when exposed to hydrogen?
To find an answer, workshops have been conducted by every branch of the U.S. military, with the Naval Research Lab (NRL) scheduled to present results of their decades-long program at the next ICCF-18 meeting to be held at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri. The NRL’s David Kidwell will deliver a keynote speech on the opening day.
Sharing that opening address will be the CEO of a multi-billion dollar scientific equipment and software company, National Instruments. James Truchard will speak on the role his firm will play in developing both the science and technology.
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have seen fit to fund SRI International’s science program, among other programs. EPRI sponsored the proceedings of ICCF-4.
Low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) research has been taken seriously by NASA, who have been the most vocal of U.S. agencies in advocating for increased attention and funding, given the huge ramifications for space exploration and society as a whole.
Open-source projects like the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project have produced a coalition of citizen scientists and nuclear physicists across borders through international cooperation.
The American Nuclear Society and American Chemistry Society are but a few of the entities around the world working to provide answers in condensed matter nuclear science.
Secondary sources provided by federal government’s collection
For years, Wikipedia has unreasonably targeted cold fusion, low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR), lattice-assisted nuclear reaction (LANR), chemically-assisted nuclear reaction (CANR), Fleischmann-Pons Effect (FPE), the anomalous heat effect (AHE), quantum fusion, low-energy nuclear transmutation (LENT), and Hydrogen energy nuclei interactions (HENI).
Abd ul-Rahman Lomaxknows a bit about that, as he was one Wikipedian editor who advocated to keep the topic justly-treated, and was banned for his efforts. Now he seeks to develop a ‘cold fusion kit’ that would be available for the public to reproduce the experiment. Lomax provided the experimental set-up used by high-school student Eric Golab in The Believers movie.
For over two-decades, CMNS papers appeared only on community websites, such as the International Society of Condensed Matter Nuclear Science library or author Jed Rothwell‘s lenr-canr.org.
Now, these papers find themselves in the federal stores at science.gov (search LENR). From the website:
Science.gov is an interagency initiative of 17 U.S. government science organizations within 13 Federal Agencies. These agencies form the voluntary Science.gov Alliance which governs Science.gov. – About
Even the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), who does not yet officially acknowledge the existence of the anomalous phenomenon, has a database of papers at scienceaccelerator.gov (search LENR) whose list of citations includes many papers from ICCF proceedings themselves:
Science Accelerator is a gateway to science, including R&D results, project descriptions, accomplishments, and more, via resources from the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), U.S. Department of Energy. – About
Thanks and credit go to Paul Maher for keeping tabs on the federal information banks, and watching the evolution of their fare. They show secondary sources on a science that is decidedly not fringe.
We suggest screen shots of Wikipedia’s page. There will come a day when the Wikipedia article on Wikipedia will need a good dose of historical fact.