In a comment to one of my blog posts, CMNS enthusiast Albert Alberts expressed concern of a growing schism within the field, which he hoped would be avoided. As I wrote in a subsequent blog post, Cold Fusion: Winds of Change Approach, a schism seems inevitable, but it may well bring the benefits the researchers and their supporters seek.
I encourage the CMNS/LENR research group to prepare for the coming changes and be disciplined to provide the best that they have to offer of themselves, for each other, and on behalf of society.
On a different matter, I want to encourage this research group to notice that the former critics are silent. Bruce Gellerman with National Public Radio, Sharon Weinberger when she was with the Washington Post magazine, and I have all had an extremely difficult time finding anybody with name recognition to critique this field anymore.
CMNS/LENR researchers who are waiting for Bob Park or Nathan Lewis to admit "mea culpa" may wait for a very long time. The recognition of this field's success will not come from a confession from the former attackers. But who knows? Maybe Park will show that he has more courage than I give him credit for.
Marianne Macy, the press liaison for the conference, has presented a press release for the conference, it is located here.
It is true, as Alberts points out, that my science journalism is characterized by "unmitigated audacity." Despite the fact that I choose to report all the facts, good and bad, I remain convinced that the results seen in this field may represent one of the most important science discoveries for future generations: a new source of clean nuclear energy.
Best of luck to the CMNS/LENR researchers for their endeavors and important and historic work that will be reported at ICCF-14 in Washington, D.C. next month!