On March 23, 1989, a most remarkable press conference was held at the University of Utah to unveil a stunning scientific breakthrough. The event was busting at the seams with authority and seriousness. No less than the president of the university himself spoke glowingly and with an unmistakable sense of awe at what was to be announced that day. The excitement in the air was downright electric. Here’s how the accompanying press release described the profound breakthrough that had allegedly been achieved (emphasis added throughout this piece):
“ Two scientists have successfully created a sustained nuclear fusion reaction at room temperature in a chemistry laboratory at the University of Utah. The breakthrough means the world may someday rely on fusion for a clean virtually inexhaustible source of energy.
Collaborators in the discovery are Dr. Martin Fleischmann, professor of electrochemistry at the University of Southampton, England, and Dr. B. Stanley Pons, professor of chemistry and chairman of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Utah.