I'm putting this here so as not to clutter the discussion in the P&F thread between Rothwell and Shanahan, etc. We seem to go round and round the same rabbit hole with LENR/cold fusion. It would be worthwhile for those who think there is validity to the claims of McKubre, Brillouin, Swartz and Hagelstein to read (or reread) this excellent summary from the Washington Post by Sharon Weinberger. And most important, it was written in 2004. How are things any different now, 13 years later except that we have the blatant frauds of Defkalion and Rossi which bamboozled so many more people, if only for a few years and a few dozen million (!) dollars? Consider this quote for example:
McKubre often speaks about a company in Israel, Energetics Technologies, that has received a couple of million dollars a year in private support to research cold fusion and has achieved "startling results," producing much higher levels of power and heat than his own experiments. McKubre has visited the lab. "It's the first clear indication that something practical might come out of all this effort," he says.
But the scientist behind the Israeli group is Irving Dardik, a former surgeon, who secured funding from Sidney Kimmel, the billionaire head of Jones Apparel Group Inc. Dardik's state medical license was revoked by New York in the mid-1990s after several patients testified to a review committee that he had promised to cure them of multiple sclerosis using "waveform therapy." The review committee found that Dardik had charged ailing patients as much $100,000 for treatment involving little more than exercise and sports watches.
What ever came of Energentics Technologies? What happened to Dardik's LENR work? What has resulted from all of Sidney Kimmel's millions? THIRTEEN YEARS! And McKubre still pays attention to claims for absolute nonsense like PappCrap and Rossifiction and what has Brillouin actually done that is credible and reliable and positive? Is Godes really different in approach from Dardik? It seems like little has changed. This is why the field has so little respect and attention outside the usual suspects.