An article published in the University of Missouri’s Mizzou Weekly newspaper discusses work to be focussed on LENR research at the University’s Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear Renaissance. The Institute was recently established through a $5.5 million donation from philanthropist Sidney Kimmel and has been closely linked with Energetic Technologies.
Former Nebraska Governor and Senator Bob Kerrey has been a consultant for Israeli company Energetics Technologies which is involved in cold fusion research. An article in the Washington Examiner revealed that Kerrey earned $800,000 from the Sidney Kimmel Revocable Trust for his work with Energetics Technologies. Kerrey is running for a seat in the US senate but his prospects are not considered good by most political experts. Politico has reported Sidney Kimmel as having donated $5000 to Kerrey’s campaign.
Aside from the political intrigue, the work of the institute is going to focus on the theoretical underpinnings of LENR reactions. John Gahl, Director of MU’s Material Science Program, states that the University’s Research Reactor is currently being used to evaluate various LENR theories. He says that “We’re taking a look directly at the theoretical constructs that have been put forward as a way to explain these phenomena. The theories are falsifiable, so we should be able to construct experiments to show whether this theory or that theory is absolutely incorrect.”
Rob Duncan, MU vice chancellor of research, estimates that only $2 million in federal research funds have been allocated to help the advancement of understanding LENR. He says, “I think it’s unusual, given the body of evidence, that there isn’t more money being spent to inquire what’s going on. Competitive grants, awards based on proven scientific merit, are the key to really getting at what is happening, because then clever research groups around the country can apply for federal funding to try and figure it out.” Duncan observes that since much of the research in LENR is privately funded, research results are proprietary, and therefore hard for other researchers to examine and build upon. Energetics Technologies, a private cold fusion company founded in Israel and now part of MU’s Life Sciences incubator, will be working with MU researchers.
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