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Newswire : Cold fusion farewell

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One of the weirdest chapters in modern science has closed with the announcement that the University of Utah in Salt Lake City is allowing its patents on cold fusion to lapse. “We will not defend them,” says Richard Koehn, Utah’s vice-president for research. In 1989, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann, then working at the University of Utah, stunned the world by announcing that they had achieved nuclear fusion at room temperature. The claim was never verified. Koehn says that the university was morally obliged to defend its former employees’ intellectual property, but after spending more than $1 million,