Many large cities have a group-oriented communication vehicle called
"" which brings together a range of participants to discuss
specialized interests in arcane fields. For this kind of thing to work for
LENR, it probably requires an geographical area with a population base of
several million plus a high-tech orientation. And it looks like the
open-source movement, popularized by MFMP, has been an impetus for bringing
a lot of experimenters together.

Yesterday a formative group in the SF Bay area met and heard presentations
by Jeff Morriss on his  Parkhomov/Celani-type experiments and results;
Robert Ellefson on his Experimental design in progress, and Gene Thiers on
his experiences at SRI and measurement/ instrumentation for Cold Fusion
experiments during the early days of LENR of Pd-D.

To cut to the chase, since Bob is not yet collecting data - Jeff Morriss
(Intel) has put together a very capable system but has not yet seen thermal
gain. He is of the opinion that Parkhomov (assuming that he did see the
reported gain) got lucky with surface chemistry - which unfortunately he
(Parkhomov) has been unable to duplicate. Jeff intends to embark on an
Edisonian approach, now that he is completely confident in his calorimeter.
That would include altering surface chemistry of the nickel powders.

Jeff Morriss is in a perfect position to make a breakthrough, since like
Edison he has already tried many things which do not work and has complete
confidence in his system. His approach is strong on computerized control and
diagnostics, as would be expected from an Intel alum. A number of these
potential options - moving forward - were talked about at the presentation. 

Gene Thiers strongly recommended adding a percentage of palladium and
deuterium to ANY EXPERIMENT, simply because it is known to work. IOW - even
if you are basically trying to find gain from Ni-H, using a Parkhomov
influenced design, Gene's advice is to add a percentage of palladium and
deuterium to the fuel mix, since. (this is one interpretation) having any
positive gain at all could have a quantum probability enhancement to the
bulk of the experiment.

I think that is good advice. It would be very useful if someone would take
the initiative to supply preloaded Pd powder for such a purpose. I know of 6
high quality experiments which are either underway or will be soon, in this
area (including Brillouin). This gives hope that - despite the growing
pessimism about Rossi replications, one of these efforts will see gain which
is believable. If so, the success will probably be attributable more on the
early work with Ni-H (i.e. Thermacore, Piantelli, Mills etc) than on any
improvement to this line of work coming from Rossi. 

Of course, if adding Pd-D to what is otherwise a Ni-H "glow tube" ends up
making the glow tube work, when otherwise it was not working - then we will
have another valuable datum to add into knowledge base. The concept of
"quantum probability enhancement" is something which has been proved to work
in LENR. ... Rusi T. used increased the neutron yield in his cavitation
experiments by "seeding" the liquid
with a tiny secondary source of radiation. The results were then found to be
orders of magnitude greater, when the contributing source was factored out.
He got criticism for that - but the idea behind it is arguably sound, so to
speak. See I.E. # 1, p. 46, "Cold Fusion in a 'Ying Cell' and Probability
Enhancement by Boson Stimulation," by Nelson Ying and Charles W. Shults III.

(Good grief . probably not that Charles Schultz, Charlie Brown.

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