An impossible invention: Mats Lewan’s true story of the energy source that could change the world

Update: Controversial Nobel physicist Brian Josephson recommended Lewan’s book HERE.

According to physics journalist Mats Lewan regarding his new book An Impossible Invention (

Cold fusion is an energy source that could provide clean water to Planet Earth, zero-emission vehicles with unlimited mileage, a solution to the climate crisis and much more. It is clean, compact, simple, inexhaustible and . . . physically impossible. At least that is what science has considered since 1989.

But in January 2011 the Italian inventor Andrea Rossi demonstrated a sloppily-wrapped device that boiled water with heat emanating from something that seemed to be cold fusion.

Too good to be true, some said. Fraud, according to others.

A Swedish technology journalist was one of the few who chose to take Rossi seriously. In An Impossible Invention we follow his search for the truth about Rossi and the strange device — the E-Cat. He shows that the impossible seems to be possible, that the world faces fundamental change.

Mats Lewan is a technology and science journalist, author and speaker. He works as a staff writer at the Swedish technology magazine Ny Teknik and has worked internationally as a freelance journalist and reporter at CBS Cnet News. Lewan holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Physics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden where he lives with his wife and two children.

A brain is never at rest — consciousness consumes only 5% extra energy

According to “The Brain’s Dark Energy” by Marcus E. Raichle, neuroimaging shows that a human brain is always very actively messaging, even when daydreaming, asleep or anesthetized, and that the marginal energy consumption for consciousness is only 5%.

According to Lisa M. Krieger, interviewing physicist Andrei Linde

This most extraordinary of ideas was conceived in the most ordinary of circumstances. Linde was lying in bed, sick, at his home in Moscow, during a miserable winter. And his international intellectual life was in limbo, because publication of a paper had been suspended a year during the turbulence at the end of Soviet rule.

“I was living in this state of depression. I was in my bed and unable to do anything,” he said. Then came a sudden invitation to visit Italy — but he had to submit a paper overnight.

“I held my head … What can I do? What can I do?” he recalled thinking, with less than an hour to write. “And suddenly, I had the theory of eternally expanding inflationary universes, unceasingly producing new universes,” of which ours is but one of many.

“It was just pure, from nowhere,” he said.

See also “Keep thinking, think of it everyday“.

More SystemVerilog enhancement requests for design

Following up to “SystemVerilog — my top 10 enhancement requests for design“.

  1. Subtype of singular type using inside operator and typedef ()
  2. Generalize “?:” operator with “case ?” operator ()
  3. Allow object method calls to be deferred to NBA region ()
  4. Prohibit defparam to elements of arrayed instances, and allow dynamic indexing of arrayed instances ()
  5. Prohibit parameters in subroutines and blocks, and treat parameter keyword there as synonym for localparam ()
  6. Allow member_identifier in lvalue assignment patterns ()
  7. Positional assignment pattern on both sides, ‘{lval1, lval2, lval3} <= '{rval1, rval2, rval3} ()
  8. Type parameter allow as much restriction as a forward typedef ()
  9. `define_system to escape preprocessor into system call ()
  10. Remove ‘generate’ keyword and prohibit ‘genvar’ outside a genvar_initialization ()
  11. Optional compile-time error for unnamed generate blocks of 27.6 ()
  12. Directive to prevent implicit signed to unsigned operand demotion ()
  13. Enumeration method enum() that returns value of enum ()

Ask for the hardest problems

According to Daniel Nenni, regarding the acquisition of Berkeley Design Automation by Mentor Graphics,

BDA built its business by literally asking leading-edge analog/mixed-signal (A/MS) design teams for the problems that no other simulator can handle and providing the solution. BDA would then move “downstream” to run circuit simulations that other simulators could run, but BDA’s Analog FastSPICE simulator would run them 5x-10x faster than any other foundry-certified simulator. They take the same approach to this day. (See BDA History)

No such thing as an unjust peace

The bumper sticker “If you want peace, work for justice.” displays such an impoverished concept of peace. As if the purpose of most violence weren’t precisely to impose or prolong injustice! As if a Pax Romana, social order via the threat of extreme violence, were actually any kind of peace. (In those days of Caesar Augustus, “approximately one in every three persons in Rome and Italy was a slave“.) As if MAD preparations for genocide were peace, because no one’s pushed the button yet.

Tacitus, as Calgacus, sure it got it right when he wrote “They make a desert, and call it peace.

According to Blayney Colmore

We were required to take part in a training by the Fellowship of Reconciliation. To this day, I carry in my wallet the handout they gave us. Burned into my memory is their teaching about real revolutionary change, the toughest standard I have encountered before or since:

When confronted by someone who opposes your view, picture where in your solution to the problem your opponent fits. If there is no place for him, it is not a revolution, not greater justice, but merely replacing his tyranny with yours.

1692 Tully

Rossi E-Cat nickel energy technology acquired by private equity firm

According to Amanda Jones Hoyle in “Confirmed: Raleigh’s Cherokee buys into controversial nuclear tech device

Executives at Cherokee Investment Partners in Raleigh have confirmed that its affiliate company, Industrial Heat LLC, has acquired the intellectual property and licensing rights to a nuclear device from Italy that some say could one day replace [...] fossil fuels.

Based on another article from last year (in Chinese) there’s a good chance that much of the industrial development of this device will take place in Baoding, China, where it could help reduce the demand for coal.

MLK on true compassion and a revolution of values

According to Martin Luther King on April 4, 1967 (exactly a year before he was martyred in Memphis on April 4, 1968)

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.


A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.

According to Clayborne Carson, as interviewed in “Clayborne Carson: King’s Chronicler

He always put the immediate issue into greater context. In all of his great speeches, what he does is say we’re here, engaged in this immediate struggle, but the broader struggle is global and historical. The movement for human rights is taking place on a global level. And it has deep historical roots. It’s been going on since the time of slavery and after the passage of civil rights legislation, and if he were alive today he would say it’s still going on. That’s why he was an inspiring, visionary figure. He understood the larger context.


What I try to emphasize in my work is how deeply rooted his ideas were and how radical they were. Look at love letters he wrote to Coretta in 1952, which I quote in the book. If those letters had been revealed in the late ’50s — where he’s talking about his anti-capitalism orientation — he probably would have been seriously damaged as a leader. That’s why Coretta kept the letters hidden — rumored to be under her bed — almost to the end of her life. She realized how politically damaging they could be to him.


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