News of the WeekNUCLEAR FUSION

'Bubble Fusion' Paper Generates a Tempest in a Beaker

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Science  08 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5561, pp. 1808-1809
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5561.1808

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This week in Science (p. 1868), scientists claim to have seen evidence for nuclear fusion in a beaker of organic solvent. That stunning claim, if true, could eventually have important consequences for nuclear proliferation and energy production. But other scientists are likening the paper to cold fusion. Adding to the brouhaha is a series of exchanges between the magazine's editor-in-chief and nonauthors seeking to influence Science during its publication of the paper.