More than 20 years ago, two chemists in Utah ran afoul of the rule that states
that "extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof".
In a fair world, the part of the scientific method involving independent
demonstrations by peers would have been the next step. As a result
of the widespread denial within the field of Physics that the evidence
available at that time did not by itself constitute extraordinary
proof, and of the public’s inability to await the results
of the independent investigations, the consequent media circus
left the public with the conclusion that something tantamount to
fraud had been exposed. Interestingly, after the spotlight swung
away from the subject, those independent investigations were performed.
Thus, there is more than 20 years of peer-reviewed work in the
field of LENR (Low Energy Nuclear Reactions), including work from
national labs in the U.S. and elsewhere, and researchers now gather
annually to discuss their work. Recently, several large multi-national
corporations have also begun work in this area. This talk, presented
by a non-expert, will offer a non-comprehensive summary of the
current state of experimental and theoretical work in this field.