NASA has released another video disclosing its ongoing LENR research. Entitled Abundant Clean/Green Energy, the latest video is much more understated than the one released on January 12. I suppose with this video NASA is attempting to avoid the firestorm of criticism and inquiry that it received after its last video. Instead of talk about practical home heating units that may be just around the corner, the latest video shows futuristic space planes floating out in orbit that may be available sometime in the more distant future. However, even so, Dr. Zawodny mentions that NASA has contracted with a company to come up with preliminary designs for a futuristic space plane, indicating that perhaps the research process is farther along than this video addresses, and may in fact be as far as long as the original video from January seemed to indicate.
Much of the video focuses on an apparatus designed by NASA to test different aspects of the Widom-Larsen Theory of LENRs. With this test apparatus, which is actually quite small, 1.5 cm wide by 2.5 cm long, Accordingly to Dr. Zawodny, NASA is attempting to confirm that WLT is “at least in part correct” in explaining the phenomenon.
The device consists of 48 small tiles, with each tile in fact being a separate test device. This allows 48 different experiments to be run simultaneously and for multiple comparative measurements to be made simultaneously during testing. Although small, the device is really quite ingenious.
NASA WLT Test Device
In conjunction with the release of this video by NASA, is an article posted by Dennis Bushnell on another NASA web site, Future Innovation. The article is entitled Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions, the Realism and the Outlook. The title of the article is self-explanatory concerning its content, and basically provides a very brief overview of the history of LENR and the state of current research, at least from the viewpoint of Mr. Bushnell. I strongly recommend this article to all readers of this site. Here are some of the conclusions arrived at:
Something real is happening.
The weak interaction theories suggest what the physics might be.
There are efforts ongoing to explore the validity of the theories.
There are continuing Edisonian efforts to produce “devices” mainly for heat, or in some cases transmutations.
There are efforts to certify such devices.
NASA LaRC has begun LENR design studies guided by Weak Interaction Theory.
In the article Bushnell also makes an interesting point that I have not heard before but is really quite insightful, perhaps even profound:
“When we concentrated upon nuclear engineering beginning in the 1940’s we “jumped” to the strong force/ particle physics and leapt over the weak force/condensed matter nuclear physics. We are going “back” now to study and hopefully develop this arena.”
In other words, NASA is going Back to the Future! The idea that weak force/condensed matter physics was put on the back burner in view of the advent of the atomic age largely defined by nuclear fission, has a certain logic and “common sense” to it. Perhaps this line of thought will ease the minds of those in the mainstream scientific community who out of hand reject LENR simply because of the thought that it requires “new physics,” when in fact it may involve an aspect of comfortable and well-established “old physics” that has been long overlooked. The idea that LENR is not fusion of any sort, as espoused by Bushnell and other adherents of WLT, will also go a long way to open otherwise closed minds. Perhaps that is the intent. Dr. Zawondy’s statement that NASA is attempting to confirm that WLT is “at least in part correct” suggests to me that there are those within NASA, even perhaps Zawondy himself, that do not believe that WLT is entirely correct, although it may be correct enough to be of great utility. Some would argue that the same could be said about quantum theory as a whole, but I digress.
Two disclosures by NASA about their involvement in LENR in such a short time span tells me that NASA is either very close to a breakthrough or that one has already occurred. I say this because this is a very controversial subject and I doubt NASA would engage in even this level of disclosure if there were not some substance to it. If NASA is willing to disclose this much, one has to ask what is really going on? Of course, I have no hard evidence that NASA will hold some kind of world-changing press conference any time soon to announce to the world that they have solved the mystery of “cold fusion,” but I think that there is certainly more going on here than meets the eye.
In any event, it certainly is uplifting to those of us who hope we are the verge of an energy revolution to have confirmed once again that there is much more than mass delusion to this whole thing. I think most people already realize that but, still, sometimes it is good to be reminded.
In addition to disclosures by NASA, Widom-Larsen Theory co-author, Lewis Larsen, just put up a slide show presentation entitled “Gold production using LENR,” the Athanor cold fusion device of the Pirelli Industrial High School is currently undergoing two separate validation attempts in Italy, and a video of the NANOR cold fusion device at MIT has just been posted. It seems that cold fusion is heating up just in time for summer.