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I though cold fusion and LENR were discredited, but just a few days ago I found out that NASA is claiming LENR is real. So I thought if they're detecting something, what could it be, and why wasn't it there before? Then it hit me -- what if this new phenomenon is not producing the rare isotopes, but attracting them out of the air? (Credit to reading Kirk Shanahan's essay for the inspiration.) Is there a good enough record of global wind patterns to determine where the fallout from the Fukushima disaster might have blown? Because perhaps NASA's new experiments have been unintentionally collecting it?

This could be a breakthrough technology. A large version of the device could be placed at the site of a nuclear accident, bomb, etc. and collect the unstable atoms from the air into depositions. And then whatever part of the machine got coated with the depositions could just be tossed into a radioactive waste barrel.

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Welcome to Physics! There's a lot of unnecessary clutter in your question here. Could you edit it down to the bare question and a little background relevant to the question? Something like "What other reasons are being investigated for the excess heat in Pd/d PF cells?". Your last four paragraphs are completely unnecessary, and also could be slightly offensive to some. – Manishearth Apr 22 '13 at 12:53
Are you referring to this answer by Ron Maimon? – jkej Apr 22 '13 at 13:02
@jkej: Probably… – Manishearth Apr 22 '13 at 13:11
@user23467: If I were you, I would edit it in place, making it clean and to-the-point. I would also not beg any premise, such as "given X is impossible". Another course of action would be to delete the question, read everything you can find on the subject, and then maybe ask another question. – Mike Dunlavey Apr 22 '13 at 21:01
I should also point out that NASA, of late, has been prone to premature sensationalistic claims. – Jerry Schirmer May 2 '13 at 21:58

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