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## Italian Scientists Demonstrate Cold Fusion?815

Haffner quotes physorg which says "Italian scientists Andrea Rossi and Sergio Focardi of the University of Bologna announced that they developed a cold fusion device capable of producing 12,400 W of heat power with an input of just 400 W....when the atomic nuclei of nickel and hydrogen are fused in their reactor, the reaction produces copper and a large amount of energy. The reactor uses less than 1 gram of hydrogen and starts with about 1,000 W of electricity, which is reduced to 400 W after a few minutes. Every minute, the reaction can convert 292 grams of 20C water into dry steam at about 101C. Since raising the temperature of water by 80C and converting it to steam requires about 12,400 W of power, the experiment provides a power gain of 12,400/400 = 31."
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## Italian Scientists Demonstrate Cold Fusion?

• #### Re:Uh, no (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday January 24, 2011 @11:04AM (#34981784) Journal
Heh it's from Bologna. Where are the baloney jokes?
• #### Can't be cold fusion yet... (Score:2, Funny)

on Monday January 24, 2011 @11:13AM (#34981938) Homepage Journal

"...the experiment provides a power gain of 12,400/400 = 31"

Well since the power gain was only 31, it can't possibly be cold fusion.

When they hit '42'....let me know....*goes back to sleep*

• #### free copper! (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday January 24, 2011 @11:15AM (#34981950) Homepage

Finally someone figured out a way to synthesize copper, so people can stop stealing it from the plumbing of abandoned buildings in Detroit.

The question is how to get rid of all that extra waste energy it releases... Maybe we can shunt it into space somehow?

• #### Re:All you need to know, from TFA (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday January 24, 2011 @11:15AM (#34981962) Homepage Journal

This sounds like any number of hoaxes that have been perpetrated; be they related to cold fusion or perpetual motion machines.

The "inventor"/"discoverer" are the only ones who can repeat the process and always under their own conditions or in their own lab. On further inspection the man behind the curtain is always found instead of any real magic.

On the other hand, if it is a hoax they could write books about it, sell videos online, claim to be suppressed and silenced, then retire.

• #### Re:Uh, no (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday January 24, 2011 @11:17AM (#34982002)

More out than in = no

It's called rest energy...and they're certainly not getting out more than they put in.

That said, I'm more than a wee bit skeptical that this works. But if it does...well, I'm gonna go long in nickel and short the copper market ;)

• #### There's a 'Primer' joke in here somewhere (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday January 24, 2011 @11:19AM (#34982052)
They later found that a stopwatch placed inside the box ran for about 1300 times longer than the time elapsed outside the box.
• #### Game analogy (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday January 24, 2011 @11:23AM (#34982122)
Fusion is the Duke Nukem Forever of the physics community.
• #### Re:free copper! (Score:3, Funny)

on Monday January 24, 2011 @11:27AM (#34982172)

Finally someone figured out a way to synthesize copper, so people can stop stealing it from the plumbing of abandoned buildings in Detroit.

The question is how to get rid of all that extra waste energy it releases... Maybe we can shunt it into space somehow?

No joke. AGW folks will go nuts when they find out we're not just making greenhouse gases, we're making heat!

• #### Over 100 years ago (Score:1, Funny)

on Monday January 24, 2011 @11:28AM (#34982184)
The US Mint been fusing nickel to copper for over 100 years [wikipedia.com].
• #### Re:Uh, no (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday January 24, 2011 @11:37AM (#34982320) Journal

Er, I live in Vancouver, BC you insensitive clod. What is this strange bright thing in the sky you are talking about?

• #### Re:Riiight (Score:4, Funny)

on Monday January 24, 2011 @11:44AM (#34982428)

Call me when they've built a commercial-scale reactor and are giving out free electricity.

Oh yeah, well, call me when they've built a commercial-scale reactor and are giving out free electricity... ON THE MOON!

• #### Re:Bullshit and Snakeoil (Score:4, Funny)

on Monday January 24, 2011 @11:53AM (#34982574)
3. Alien teenagers think it's fun to drop in on a pre-FTL civilisation and scare the locals.
• #### Re:Well now.... (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday January 24, 2011 @11:59AM (#34982674) Homepage

Fortunately, they say that they'll be shipping commercial devices within three months

Yep. The first delivery is already booked for April 1st.

• #### Re:Well now.... (Score:5, Funny)

<neil:neilhancock,co,uk> on Monday January 24, 2011 @12:36PM (#34983262) Homepage

no scientist or engineer has worked out how to do it.

I have, you get a chip with small channels and voids through which you pass hydrogen. On that chip are pulsed semiconductor lasers that create 'hot' fusion, on a very small scale. Doing it on a microscopic scale makes the energies manageable.

I am currently working on the funding to build a lab and hire some eggheads to implement the trivial details of my genius idea. I have already identified an ideal site for the laboratory inside an extinct volcano.

Its a great investment opportunity. Want to be on board with the first round of funding?

• #### Re:Riiight (Score:4, Funny)

on Monday January 24, 2011 @01:01PM (#34983668) Journal
"We've perfected the transmutation of the elements! Heavy, lustrous gold can now be alchemically tranformed into LEAD!"
• #### Re:Riiight (Score:5, Funny)

on Monday January 24, 2011 @01:10PM (#34983792)

I don't know how any of you people are hoping to receive phone calls when you're not posting your number.

• #### Re:Welcome to Salt Lake City, err, again. (Score:4, Funny)

on Monday January 24, 2011 @02:05PM (#34984602) Journal

Free energy, if it existed, would be the biggest economic miracle in all the history of mankind, make no mistake about that.

Miracle as in "OMG! We can make money out of this! Economic boom FTW!" or as in "OMFG! We are so fucked, everything will now be free! RIP economics, we don't need most of you now."?

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