I wonder whether anode and cathode are mixed up here.
The cathode in such setup generates Hydrogen.
Using a coin as cathode enables hydrogen to merge into the coin's metal

On Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 6:31 PM, Alan J Fletcher <a...@well.com> wrote:

> At 12:25 PM 9/19/2012, Jones Beene wrote:
>> "If I had a nickel for every time" ...
>> So ... with that caveat in mind, here's a cheap tip about what to do with
>> another cheap tip - all those Buffalo coins you've been saving for the
>> meter
>> ... IOW - there is a ready source of Romanowski alloy for Celani type
>> reactions in your pocket, or center console, as we speak.
>> The U.S. nickel has been a cupronickel since 1913 and the composition is
>> rather similar to Constantan:  75% copper 25% nickel with trace amounts of
>> manganese. Romanowski would approve.
> Last year I had a private email from Charles (Chuck) Sites --- who has
> given me permission to post :
>  I was reading Vortex-L and followed your link.  I'm an old cold fusion guy
> but pretty much a lurker.  I found your article on Rossi's E-Cat to be very
> interesting.
> Here is a story about CF, from 1984 with Pons and Flieshman
> announced their discovery,  I was a young excited physics student, and
> immediately want to test the concept of CF.  I didn't have palladium, nor
> deuterium.  So I was looking for an alternative.   I was thinking, Boron
> has a
> very large cross section (Q factor) and B11 could easily cold fuse given
> the
> right  circumstances.   So looking at what I had, what would be a good
> source
> of Ni? Not knowing it's metal makeup I choose an American nickel 5-cent
> piece.
> (75 percent copper, 25 percent Ni) This was the Anode.  A source of Boron,
> would be Borax (Na2B4.10H2O).  The cathode, I used graphite.   This was
> hooked
> up to a 65 Watt 5 Volt supply from an IBM PC. To my surprise, the Nickel
> got
> extraordinarily hot.   Too hot to touch, and I melted several plastic p
> tree
> dish before changing to jars.   I was always able to bring pint of water to
> 80C after running for about 8 hours.
> Other metals used for the Anode, showed no indications of even being warm.
> (Steel, Aluminum, Copper, Zinc).  So a US 5 cent piece gave great results.
> I even had a Geiger counter go off once, but it may have been a cosmic ray.
> Given that, I could never really understand how this Nickel got hot without
> radiation.  I could never get a theory as to how it worked either, in
> spite of
> the fact that the experiment is very repeatable.

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