DailyDirt: Scientific Measurements

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Accurate scientific measurements are pretty important. It's actually hard to overstate how critical it is to science that measurements can be repeated. (Hello, Cold Fusion...) But it's not quite an easy task to get everyone to agree to the same metrics -- especially when different approaches might have different results. Still, we make do with what we've got -- and looking at the fine details of measuring stuff has lead to discoveries like buckyballs, the heliocentric model of our neck of the universe, and all sorts of cool stuff. So here are a few quick links on measuring things.

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    Michael Ho (profile), 4 Feb 2011 @ 11:51am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Cheap shot at cold fusion ...


    Thanks for the pdf link... It'd be great if the "cold fusion crackpots" could be completely separated from the legitimate researchers who are trying to track down anomalous energy generation. I'll admit I haven't followed the legitimate literature -- mainly because "crackpots" seem to have created their own "legitimate-sounding" research journals.

    I think the Italian group you mention may fall into that "crackpot" category. They published in a journal that they themselves created -- and by claiming that they want to secure patents before releasing their full findings, they've lost a lot of credibility in my mind. Perhaps they've actually stumbled onto something, but if they have... I think they're killing off their own research by keeping it secret and not sharing their work with others.

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