NASA Scientists Staking Reputations on LENR

by W.F. Price on July 8, 2012

I’ve mentioned LENR (Low Energy Nuclear Reactions) here before, posting a couple pieces about the technology, which may or may not work. Since then, quite a bit more information has come to light, and NASA Langley chief scientist Dennis Bushnell has come out all but endorsing the technology. Originally, it was called “cold fusion,” but apparently it is not fusion, but rather something else entirely that involves weak force nuclear reactions.

Here’s a list of attendees at a recent LENR conference in Williamsburg, VA. Not exactly a bunch of cranks.

For some background, Bushnell posted a short, informative piece on the Langley research site, and Zawodny made another video.

I’m posting this because for some reason this research is being largely ignored by the mainstream media (although evidently there will soon be a feature-length report in a popular science magazine). Additionally, if it actually works it could be a real game-changer. I think men ought to think about the implications of extremely cheap energy. On the one hand, it could be great for all sorts of reasons, but there are always unintended consequences, such as even more terrible weaponry and formidable surveillance/social control than we already have. For example, I can imagine drones powered by these little reactors hovering above every urban neighborhood 24 hours a day, streaming live video to police.

However, on a positive note, if Andrea Rossi and his competitors get these things to market as soon as they claim they can, gasoline will suddenly be as cheap as water (and then, of course, we’ll all have to go buy nuclear cars).

Oh, since I’ve been investigating this on and off for six months or so, I’ve noticed a few indications that the big boys in industry may already be on the ball. Siemens, for example, recently divested entirely from nuclear energy; a move I thought was incredible at the time. Siemens has been one of the biggest players in the nuke industry for decades, and I can only interpret this as an indication that hot nuclear power is about to be supplanted by something with more potential (i.e. not wind or solar).

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