Skip to main content
Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
No. of Recommendations: 2
I'm reminded of Blacklight Power in Cranbury (actually East Windsor) NJ. After the cold fusion fiasco, they continued to believe they could make it work. Made lots of claims.

Now they are called Brilliant Light Power. Article says numerous news releases claimed new equipment coming soon but never materialized.

When I lived in NJ they were hiring. The whisper was if you ever put them on your resume, your career in science was over.

Cold fusion was a remarkably mysterious source of energy that proved not to scale. It was done by reputable scientists but apparently the data were an aberration. Meanwhile they did this in a dishpan while physicists were spending millions on fancy tokamaks. Their results received careful scrutiny.

We also had the "polywater" fiasco in the same time frame. Scientists concluded that water could be polymerized to a solid under certain conditions. Mostly when drained from glass capillary tubes. People feared the oceans would solidify if the magical catalyst escaped. But alas it was an experimental error. The solid was a silicate that came from the glass that tested as water.
Print the post  


When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.