Utah Pours Megabucks into Cold Fusion

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Utah Pours Megabucks into Cold Fusion


Utah pours megabucks into cold fusion

A Utah state panel voted Aug. 8 to release $4.5 million of the public funds appropriated at a special April session of the state legislature as "seed money" for a National Cold Fusion Institute at Research Park, which is affiliated with the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The panel decided to unleash the money despite a "no" vote and an abstention from the only two scientists on the nine-member panel, called the Fusion-Energy Advisory Council. Last month, a federal advisory panel concluded that the evidence for cold fusion was unconvincing and recommended against increasing federal funds for cold fusion studies or for establishing special research centers (SN: 7/29/89, p. 78).

In late March, B. Stanley Pons of the University of Utah and Martin Fleischmann of the University of Southampton in England claimed they had found a route to energy-releasing nuclear fusion reactions at room temperature by squeezing hydrogen nuclei together in electrolytic cells (SN: 4/1/89, p. …

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