Cold Fusion Renaissance

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The phenomenon known as "cold fusion" is getting a second look from several world-class scientific research bodies. Maybe we should take a second look at it as well.

Made with support from The Anthropocene Institute and ICCF24:
www.iccf24.org

Further Reading:

www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01683-9

www1.grc.nasa.gov/space/science/lattice-confinement-fusion/#nasa-detects-lattic%20E-confinement-fusion

spectrum.ieee.org/cold-fusion-or-low-energy-nuclear-reactions-us-navy-researchers-reopen-case

arpa-e.energy.gov/events/low-energy-nuclear-reactions-workshop

lyrics

Cold fusion, here we go, take two
Spread the great news, it’s a miracle breakthrough!
Anomalous heat, we can stimulate new
Fusion reactions in a solid state too!

Wait… you… say it doesn’t replicate?
Despite the ten million Google investment stake?
Revisit the Cold Case of Cold Fusion
No excess heat detected is the conclusion

Okay, so back to exile?
Perpetual motion machine jokes, refresh now
USPTO – still kept out
Back to the old reputational death count

But… there might be something in it
A possible fusion rate-boosting mechanism
Recent advancements in calorimetrics
From pathological science to rational optimism

Just imagine, the theories abound
It’s been shunned like a too-spooky burial ground
Scooby Doo and the gang need to come figure it out
And set that one reference experiment down

Cold fusion
Some call it a myth
Cold fusion
And say it doesn’t exist

Cold fusion
Like Fleischmann and Pons
Anomalous heat
Measure twice and it’s gone

Cold fusion
But if you want it to work
Cold fusion
Invest in research

From the old fusion
To what lies beyond
Cold Fusion Renaissance

Cold Fusion, renaissance, rebirth
Back from the dead, with persistent research
‘Cause greenhouse earth really needs it to work
So let’s take a look at some features

First of all, yeah we know fusion happens
It’s a nuclear reaction of atoms up in the plasma
When it’s done right, with sufficient confinement time
Temperature and plasma density, it’s like sunlight

But that’s too hot – too under pressure
Maybe fusion can trigger in unusual conditions
So cue the experiments to fuse it into helium
Bombarding palladium with pulses of deuterium

The theory is empirically testable, we tested it
And so far there’s… less than compelling evidence
But maybe we just haven’t hit the threshold to trigger it
And hey, you can never prove a negative

Cold fusion
Some call it a myth
Cold fusion
And say it doesn’t exist

Cold fusion
Like Fleischmann and Pons
Anomalous heat
Measure twice and it’s gone

Cold fusion
But if you want it to work
Cold fusion
Invest in research

From the old fusion
To what lies beyond
Cold Fusion Renaissance

Cold fusion, Solid State Atomic
Fusion Energy, the race is upon us
With startups and academic departments and state bodies
Like ARPA-E betting their reputation on it

Google did it and so did the EU
Made that HERMES move, hands up like “me too!”
And NASA’s even moving into massive alignment
With that deuterated erbium in lattice confinement

Ooh, it’s that cold fusion renaissance
First nobody wants to touch it, and then it pops
Getting props from the Department of Defense
At the Naval Service Center up in Indian Head

And they don’t give a deuteron about the controversy
Is it proven or not!? I guess we’re all gonna see
And that debate is shooting off some anomalous heat
So cool it off and focus on the receipts

No more secret findings, just peer review
Independent replication of it in a year or two
As post docs start to see it as a career move
And if you never gave up on it, cheers to you

Cold fusion
Some call it a myth
Cold fusion
And say it doesn’t exist

Cold fusion
Like Fleischmann and Pons
Anomalous heat
Measure twice and it’s gone

Cold fusion
But if you want it to work
Cold fusion
Invest in research

From the old fusion
To what lies beyond
Cold Fusion Renaissance

credits

from Rapsode, released May 15, 2023
Lyrics by Baba Brinkman
Produced by Tom Caruana
Mixed by Jake Palumbo

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Science rapper and inventor of several novel hip-hop variants. Canadian transplant to New York. Pathological optimist.

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