Cold fusion is a topic sure to elicit at least a smirk from seasoned members of the academy. A third rail of physics often castigated as a “pathological science,” scientists and journalists alike regularly mock cold fusion in the most derisive and patronizing ways. Up until early 2022, I had internalized that understanding as well—that is, that cold fusion was a sort of pseudoscience promulgated without a technical basis. But that is categorically false.

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