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I don't think this alleged experiment should be characterized as "cold fusion", as it putatively takes place at millions of degrees.> Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 10:48:34 -0400> From: [log in to unmask]> Subject: cold fusion: Purdue, Citing Research Misconduct, Punishes Scientist> To: [log in to unmask]> > Purdue, Citing Research Misconduct, Punishes Scientist> > By KENNETH CHANG> http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/28/science/28purdue.html> > > An appeals committee at Purdue University has upheld findings of> misconduct on the part of a professor who claims to have created> energy-generating fusion in a tabletop experiment, the university> announced on Wednesday.> > With the findings, William R. Woodson, the university's provost, has> imposed punishment on the professor, Rusi P. Taleyarkhan. Dr.> Taleyarkhan remains on the Purdue faculty, but his distinction as a> "named professor" has been removed, along with an annual allotment of> $25,000 that accompanied it.> > In addition, he is prohibited from serving as a thesis adviser to> graduate students for at least the next three years.> > John Lewis, a lawyer for him, said Dr. Taleyarkhan was considering his> options, among them challenging the sanctions in court.> > Beginning with a paper published in the journal Science in 2002, Dr.> Taleyarkhan, who then worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has> claimed that the force of sound waves can collapse bubbles in a liquid> violently enough to generate conditions that fuse together hydrogen> atoms, releasing energy. Scientists working in other laboratories have> not been able to reproduce the experiments.> > In July, an investigatory committee at Purdue, though coming to no> conclusions about that finding itself, determined that Dr. Taleyarkhan> had later falsely claimed independent confirmation of the work.> Actually, the committee said, he had been involved in supervising the> follow-up experiment, which was conducted by a postdoctoral researcher> in his laboratory, and in writing the resulting scientific papers.> > The committee also found that a graduate student in his laboratory whom> Dr. Taleyarkhan added as an author to those follow-up papers had made no> substantial contributions.> > Dr. Taleyarkhan appealed the decision. The rejection of that appeal, by> a three-member panel appointed by Dr. Woodson, the provost, was unanimous.> > Responding to a request for comment, Dr. Taleyarkhan referred in an> e-mail message to the investigatory committee's dismissal of 10 other> accusations of misconduct, including improper presentation of data.> > "The immense three-year-long investigation," he wrote, "has thrown out> all allegations related to fraud and fabrication and therefore> represents a success for the science."> > .
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