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When a pair of scientists first introduced cold nuclear fusion in 1989 as a source of almost limitless energy, the scientific community quickly discredited the experiments. In some venues, these experiments are case studies in faulty scientific investigation. But now a respected scientist at SRI International is doing extensive research on the same process -- with promising results. This 12-minute investigative report by CBS 60 Minutes explores the renewed interest in cold fusion and its implications for society.

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experimental design, experimental methods, fusion, fusion experiments, junk science, nuclear fusion, research design
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1C. The Scientific Enterprise
  • 6-8: 1C/M7. Accurate record-keeping, openness, and replication are essential for maintaining an investigator's credibility with other scientists and society.
  • 9-12: 1C/H7. The strongly held traditions of science, including its commitment to peer review and publication, serve to keep the vast majority of scientists well within the bounds of ethical professional behavior. Deliberate deceit is rare and likely to be exposed sooner or later by the scientific enterprise itself. When violations of these scientific ethical traditions are discovered, they are strongly condemned by the scientific community, and the violators then have difficulty regaining the respect of other scientists.

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  • 12E (6-8) #3.  Be skeptical of arguments based on very small samples of data, biased samples, or samples for which there was no control sample.
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This New York Times article, "Physicists Debunk Claim of a New Kind of Fusion", appeared on 05/03/1989. It discusses the criticisms of the scientific community in regard to the Pons-Fleischmann cold fusion experiments.

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