Re: media violence report in Science

From: Ray Recchia (
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    At 08:20 PM 4/13/2002 -0400, you wrote:

    >On Saturday, April 13, 2002, at 07:45 , Ray Recchia wrote:
    >>I don't think they publish 'bogus' research.
    >I'm very afraid that they do.
    >See the following from What's New-
    >of Oak Ridge of d-d fusion events in collapsing bubbles formed by
    >cavitation in deuterated acetone, is scheduled for publication in
    >the March 8 issue of Science magazine. Taleyarkan et al. observe
    >2.5 MeV neutron peaks, evidence of d-d fusion, correlated with
    >sonoluminescence from collapsing bubbles. Pretty exciting stuff
    >huh? It might be, if the experiment had not been repeated by two
    >experienced nuclear physicists, D. Shapira and M.J. Saltmarsh,
    >using the same apparatus, except for superior neutron detection
    >equipment. They found no evidence for 2.5 MeV neutron emission
    >correlated with sonoluminescence. Any neutron emission was many
    >orders of magnitude too small to account for the tritium
    >production reported by the first group. Although distinguished
    >physicists, fearing a repeat of the cold fusion fiasco 13 years
    >ago, advised against publication, the editor has apparently
    >chosen not only to publish the work, but to do so with unusual
    >fanfare, involving even the cover of Science. Perhaps Science
    >magazine covets the vast readership of Infinite Energy magazine.
    >- Wade

    I read an article in Scientific American on the bubble fusion
    experiments. It sounds like there were some differences in protocol and
    that some people have had better results repeating the experiments. The
    extra energy has been reported since the 1940s.

    Regardless, I don't know any studies refuting the evidence that violence in
    the media promotes violence in the public. It seems like a number of
    studies have all come to the same conclusion. In fact as was stated in the
    introduction to this article, six major professional societies agree that
    the evidence points overwhelmingly to a causal connection.

    I am certain you can make argument that is bunk but then there are people I
    wouldn't want to argue with about the validity of evolution, global
    warming, or the nature of certain brain functions (at least not most of the

    Ray Recchia

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