Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Taleyarkhan's Back

Well, what the heck. It hasn't been all that long since the last time we heard from him, was it? Now in nature.com we get a dose of Rusi Taleyarkhan's latest stab at making desktop fusion a reality, which really amounts to a press release for an upcoming article he's managed to get into the peer-reviewed journal, Physical Review Letters. But just how peer-reviewed? UCLA physicist Seth Putterman, himself something of an expert in the field, wondered out loud why neither he nor University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign physicist Ken Suslick were invited to review the submission prior to publication.
Taleyarkhan says that Suslick and Putterman are welcome to visit his lab to see the results for themselves. Both are eager to go as soon as possible. "We look forward to seeing the experiment run," says Putterman.
Update 1/12: Some good discussion (and some not-so-good discussion) at Slashdot.

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