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
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> Subject: cold fusion: Purdue, Citing Research Misconduct, Punishes Scientist
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> Purdue, Citing Research Misconduct, Punishes Scientist
> 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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