Science: Calling Dr. Pons

Where is the cold-fusion guru?

Before anyone jumps to conclusions, there is probably an innocent explanation for the fact that Stanley Pons has dropped out of sight, hiding his whereabouts from the press and his employers. Granted, the University of Utah chemist has been under pressure since March 1989, when he and British colleague Martin Fleischmann said they had created fusion in a jar. Skeptical scientists doubted that the pair had tamed the sun's power source -- at room temperature. The complaint was not just that they had announced their discovery at a press conference rather than in a scientific journal but also that no one...

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