Nature.com reports on Rusi Taleyarkhan of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, who is once again courting controversy with his claims for the efficacy of ultrasound to induce fusion in the form of collapsing bubbles in deuterium enriched acetone. In layman’s terms, if he says that if you bombard the liquid with ultrasound, the resultant bubbles that form emit neutrons in a fusion-style reaction. Other experts are sceptical, but Taleyarkhan is keen to have them come and see his results in the lab.
And the relevance? Cold desktop fusion could completely change the way the human race looks at energy production; ie if we could get it working, energy would cease being an issue to worry about for the foreseeable future. Sounds good to me; fingers crossed, wot?
[Link cribbed from KurzweilAI.net]