MU professor revisits decades-old fusion project

Associated Press Published: November 3, 2012
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A University of Missouri professor is resurrecting his nuclear fusion work from two decades ago.

Mark Prelas was part of a research team in 1991 that conducted a fusion experiment that emitted a burst of millions of neutrons. The Columbia Daily Tribune (http://bit.ly/TPLr1t) reports that work stopped when funding was cut off.

At the time, cold fusion claims had been dismissed as junk science.

But Prelas' neutron-producing experiment resumed this year, and he presented his findings in August at a conference in South Korea.

He received funding from the Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear Renaissance at MU. It was created with a $5.5 million gift from the institute's namesake, an apparel tycoon who founded The Jones Group.

Five other research teams are working on energy-related studies through the institute.