"Something real is happening." - Langley Research Center's Chief Scientist
In 2005, M.E. had reported buried news that since 2002, U.S. Navy researchers had been studying cold fusion on the quiet. These studies were conducted by the SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center) in San Diego.
In 2010, the quiet M.E. again uncovered buried news "Navy Scientists Zip Lips on Cold Fusion Tests", the first scientific report of the production of highly energetic neutrons from a LENR (Low Energy Nuclear Reaction) device accepted by peer review.
UPDATE: (August 8, 2012 ) New Burst of Energy Could Bring Cold Fusion to Front Burner - U.S.News & World Report
"And now, it seems, some relatively interesting players seem at least willing to test the waters to finally determine whether cold fusion is real and can be modeled and tested properly with real equipment…or whether it's just a myth after all. ...
The benefits of LENR would be obvious: It would be green, safe, and carbon-free, capable of cheaply replacing current energy sources. The most common experimental LENR tests use nickel and hydrogen--the most abundant metal and gas on Earth--in a non-combustion process to allegedly form copper plus energy. The promise alone is almost certainly why reputable, big players are at least paying attention now."
This year, NASA's (Langley Research Center) Chief Scientist (Dennis M. Bushnell) updates us with more tantalizing progress: "Low Energy Nuclear Reactions, the Realism and the Outlook". Choice excerpts follow, but reading the full article is highly recommended [emphasis mine]:
The Strong Force Particle physicists have evidently been correct all along. "Cold Fusion" is not possible. However, via collective effects/ condensed matter quantum nuclear physics, LENR is allowable without any "miracles."
The theory indicates energy densities, some several million times chemical. The current experiments are in the 10's to hundreds range. However, several labs have blown up studying LENR and windows have melted, indicating when the conditions are "right" prodigious amounts of energy can be produced and released. There are some six or so groups claiming device outputs in the 100 watt range and three others claiming kilowatts. Efforts are ongoing within NASA and other organizations to validate (or not) these claims. It should be noted that these devices are essentially "Edisonian," the result of attempts at experimental "discovery" vice ab initio design from the weak interaction theories per se. ... the LENR situation and outlook is the following [in part]:
Something real is happening.
The weak interaction theories suggest what the physics might be.
There are efforts to "certify" such devices.
NASA LaRC has begun LENR design studies guided by the Weak Interaction Theory
If you had invested in Thomas Edison like GE did, what would your investment be worth today?
Submarines are always silent and strange.