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.