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    Brand new fusion hoax?

    There is something I learnt in the University cafeteria: if some scientific discovery is hailed first in the press than in a peer-reviewed journal, it's probably a hoax.
    If that's an axiom, then this story about a freshman managing hot fusion in his spare time published in a local newspaper is probably a hoax.
    You only have to look at the picture of the lightbulb in the TV to confirm that feeling. If you want more confirmation, just read the article: he's managed to detect 4 neurons more than the usual 36 neurons due to background radiation. Does that sound like standard deviation to somebody?
    What strikes me is that lots of people seem to have believed it.
    However, there's been an interesting discussion at Slashdot, from where I gather that a) it could be possible, and b) it's completely unpractical.

    2003-09-18 19:20 | 0 Comment(s) | Filed in

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