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Cold Fusion

By Logan Wright

The cell which the US Navy reckons can carry out cold fusion reactions.
When atoms collide together with enough force, they can fuse together. With this fusion, an enormous amount of energy is released. All accepted scientific theories of the universe tell us that this can only happen in an extremely energized environment like the Sun’s core (where hydrogen atoms fuse to create helium).

However, the universe appears to be far less simplistic. Experiments conducted by the US Navy have found that if you pass a voltage between palladium electrodes placed in heavy water (water which contains heavy hydrogen or deuterium), a confusing phenomenon takes place. Atoms of palladium, a relatively rare and heavy element, arrange themselves in a crystal structure, which make up the electrodes. For reasons that scientists can’t deduce, the deuterium atoms in the heavy water move into the palladium electrode and then combine, releasing the burst of energy that accompanies atomic fusion.

Due to a lack of understanding about the whos, whys and wherefores of the technology, scientists are currently unable to use cold fusion in a commercially practical manner. Those involved are unsure as to whether or not substantial excess heat is generated by the reaction and how they could cheaply reproduce cold fusion on a large scale. Still, if it turns out that cold fusion is taking place, the mystifying reaction could very well end humanity’s energy woes. Many scientists are eager to study this phenomenon not just for its thermodynamic rebellion, but for its potential as a vital technology.

More information: Introducing cold fusion

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