There is one potentially critical detail in the experiment which, although unlikely to have happened, can answer many questions. This detail can be easily eliminated from consideration - with an isotope analysis (of a working Mizuno rubbed mesh). >From the start, Mizuno said he used pure palladium. Apparently, every >replication attempt has likewise used pure palladium.
However, one of the early images coming from the photos Mizuno sent out - showed the metal piece which was used for the rubbing and it was not a new rod but looked used pretty "gnarly", for lack of a better term. As if it had been used for years. Given that Mizuno had undertaken a recent move of his lab due to earthquake - there is a remote possibility that another palladium rod was somehow substituted for the one which he thought was pure when in fact it was Type A - the silver alloy. There are dozens of instances on this forum and elsewhere where the experts, including Jed, has made it absolutely clear that "only Type A palladium works in cold fusion" ... or something to that effect. See the thread cited below. Many problems would be solved if the palladium which worked was indeed Type A - which is a silver alloy, instead of pure palladium. That way all of the other null attempts were doomed from the start. Moreover, there has to be a good reason (not yet fully explained) why the experts in the past - including, including P&F - were fully convinced that *** only Type A palladium works*** Here is one of the old threads... https://firstname.lastname@example.org/msg43155.html Jones Jed Rothwell wrote: > Has an isotope analysis of Mizuno's own original and successful mesh been > performed to determine the exact composition? Not yet. We sent samples to two different labs. We sent three samples to each lab: mesh as received; mesh prepared by Mizuno; mesh that produced excess heat. - Jed