New Energy Emerging video clip

Here’s a video from filmmaker Blanka Buic of the LASER 5-minute talk New Energy Emerging.

I didn’t get to the emerging part, but the transcript is here.

Lesson: When turning people on initially, drop the historical background.

Just start with “Hey brothers, something new’s going down…” and take it from there.

Thank you Blanka, Art/Sci at CNSI UCLA, and LASER Director Victoria Vesna for the opportunity to speak.

New Energy Emerging at LASER

Photo Ruby Carat at LASER courtesy Michael Shields

Cold Fusion Now spoke at the LASER event hosted by Art/Sci on Thursday, February 21 on the UCLA campus.

laser-logo-2_150-borderAkin to speed dating for your corpus callosum, the salon where artists meet scientists (and vice versa) attracts a wide range of creative individuals who present their ideas in 5-minute intervals.

The title of my five minutes was New Energy Emerging.

Too bad I didn’t even get through half of it, and not even to the Newly Emerging part. Was I sleepin? Next 5-minute gig – step it up!

The vibe was positive, and Cold Fusion Now has made a connection. Putting more minds to the questions of cold fusion can only be a good thing. We can figure this out collectively, so let’s get some more brain power on it!

New Energy Emerging

LASER-Feb-21-talk-slides-1M. King Hubbert’s 1956 prediction that nuclear power would carry human civilization far in a technological future became a real possibility in 1989 when Drs. Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons announced their discovery of fusion-sized excess heat generated in a small table-top electrolytic cell.

A charge applied to a palladium cathode and a platinum anode immersed in a heavy water solution creates excess heat with magnitude so great, it must be of nuclear origin, though little to no radiation is measured.

Scientists around the world dropped everything and became electro-chemists overnight attempting to reproduce their results.

Unfortunately, only about 15% of those attempts were successful, and, it doesn’t fit the conventional theory of nuclear reactions of one hundred years ago based on fusion in hot plasmas.

The pair was denounced and cold fusion was abandoned by mainstream science.

2 24 years later, the 15% who did reproduce the effect have gradually understood many of the things that prevented earlier success.

Multiple materials are known to initiate excess heat and transmutation products. Gas-loaded cells and nano-particles have become a focus. One local researcher at University of LaVerne uses nano-palladium loaded zeolites exposed to D gas to initiate excess heat.

Public, open-source projects are linking nuclear scientists with skilled citizens world-wide to reproduce results, and while the governments of China, Japan, Italy, Sweden and others are supportive, the US Department of Energy does not acknowledge this science.


3 Why is this so important? With a water fuel, there’re no CO2 emissions.

This is nuclear power, but no radioactive materials are used, and the transmutation effect offers a path to ridding the planet of nuclear waste.

Nuclear products are so little and few, they are difficult to detect. Some cells produce only helium.

One estimation for ERoEI was 3000 to 1; a unit the size of a microwave can power your home, no electrical grid needed.

We can remove hydro-electric dams, restore waterways and wilderness, and it becomes economically-viable to recycle all waste.

So what’s the problem?

And that’s where the room was left hanging!

Here’s what I didn’t get to:


4 There is no definitive theory that describes these effects; no recipe defining how to make the reaction happen; advances have been hard-won by trial-and-error.

A different theory guides each commercial prototype. The many names trace the various models.

But lack of theory won’t stop commercial development which suffers from two issues:either control of the reaction, or stability of the high-power output.

Cold fusion is not hot fusion, and we need a coordinated research strategy to solve this.

5 Put the power of your minds to collectively form a solution to one of the greatest scientific questions before us.

Experts in the field can provide a full survey of the experimental evidence over two-and-half-decades, along with an overview of how these measurements have been made. Reach out to local scientists in this field.

Marshall McLuhan taught the greatest changes to society are due to new technologies.

Look at this not just for the excitement of discovery, but to secure the chance for a green, technological human future on Earth and beyond.

Thank you.

Cold Fusion Now to speak at LASER UCLA

Cold Fusion Now will be representing at the next LASER event this Thursday Feb 21 at California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA in West Los Angeles, California. Talks begin at 7PM.

laser-logo-2_150-borderThe Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) series of lectures and presentations on art, science and technology is a project of Leonardo®/ISAST, started by Piero Scaruffi in San Francisco. Events take place at a number of venues: the University of San Francisco, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UCLA and a New York Studio and bring scientists together with artists to foster inspiration and innovation between disciplines.

The CNSI series is led by Victoria Vesna, Chair of Design and Media Arts at UCLA and Director of Art/Sci Center and Lab along with co-director and Professor of Chemistry at CNSI UCLA James Gimzewski.

If you are on the West side, come on out and support Cold Fusion Now’s Ruby Carat speaking on “New Energy Emerging”.

Go early (West LA rush hour traffic alert!) and print the MAP – the room is deep in the campus!

The UCLA Art|Sci center has two great events for you tonight and we’re looking forward to seeing you at both of them!

UPDATE: Thursday’s release:

First, from 5-7pm in our Art|Sci gallery (CNSI 5419), we’ll be exhibiting and play testing our board game, Dog Nose Knows! The game Dog Nose Knows evolved from the 2011 conference “Made for Each Other? Dog and Human Co-Evolution” as a fun and simple way to introduce the concept of a dog’s sensory world to people. In creating a game about a dog’s sense of smell, we hope to evoke the player’s curiosity in the sensory world of a dog – and how this sensory world differs from a human’s. Come check out the game art, meet the game designer, Adeline Ducker, and play the game yourself!

Later in the evening, we will be hosting our second UCLA Leonardo Art Science Rendezvous (LASER): Games People Play, from 7-9pm in the CNSI 5th floor presentation space! You’ll get to hear from the following people and interact with other Angelenos working at the intersection of art and science:

Nina Eidsheim (musicologist, UCSD)
Ruby Carat (Cold Fusion Now)
Blanka Earhart (independent media artist and author)
Douglas Campbell (Founder, ProjectFresh)
Adeline Ducker (Dog Nose Knows board game design / graphics)
Alex Groff (independent game and web designer)
Alison Lipman (co-founder of SELVA International)
Mathias Dörfelt (graduate student, Design | Media Arts)
Zac Harlow (graduate student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)