Archive for the ‘Science politics’ Category

Lobbying for Cold Fusion

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

In 2004 the German online magazine Telepolis ran my mini series about Cold Fusion. The background was an evaluation of the state of research by the US Department of Energy. Their conclusion remained ambiguous. A home program for Cold Fusion, as the proponents had hoped for, was not established. Now the science lobbying has entered another round. Since Monday the 14th International Conference on Condensed Matter Nuclear Science is held at the doorstep of US Congress. But ground work is international and especially going strong in India. A key role is attributed to a recent demonstration of Cold Fusion at Osaka University in Japan, which some hope to be the beginning of a breakthrough. Part 7 tells a background story of these scientific and political efforts. (more…)

Bubble Fusion Investigation Raises Questions

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Last week in Deutschlandfunk, I reported about Bubble Fusion researcher Rusi Taleyarkhan who has recently been accused of research misconduct. Below, I’m providing an English translation of the report. The report was followed by an interview with Günter Lohnert, the editor of a journal at the center of the debate. Finally, I’m reproducing an interview I did with Rusi Taleyarkhan, hours after he had filed an appeal. So here comes the translation of the report: (more…)

German National Radio interviews Günter Lohnert

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Following my July 30, 2008, report in Deutschlandfunk about the investigation of Rusi Taleyarkhan, Prof. Günter Lohnert, a central figure in the investigation report, answered the moderator’s questions. The following is a translation by courtesy of DLF: (more…)

Interview with Rusi Taleyarkhan

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Having been accused of research misconduct by an investigation committee of Purdue University on July 18, 2008, Rusi Taleyarkhan filed an appeal on July 28. I did this interview two hours afterwards. Passages were used in a report in Deutschlandfunk. (more…)