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Italian scientists win battle to halt controversial research

Minister says ‘piezonuclear fission’ proposals will be reviewed.

Emiliano Feresin
13 June 2012
The Italian research minister, Francesco Profumo, has bowed to pressure from Italian and international scientists and agreed to take a closer look at a proposed nuclear research programme at one of the country’s leading institutes. He has also withdrawn his nomination of a proponent of the controversial research for the institute’s scientific council… (continua a leggere su nature.com)

Italian Government Slams Brakes on ‘Piezonuclear’ Fission

by Edwin Cartlidge on 11 June 2012, 3:25 PM

Italy’s research and education minister Francesco Profumo has heeded the call from more than 1000 Italian scientists not to fund research into a controversial and disputed form of nuclear fission. The scientists had signed an online petition urging Profumo to block research on “piezonuclear” reactions at the National Institute of Metrological Research (INRIM). The petitioners say they are concerned that the institute’s president, Alberto Carpinteri, was prioritizing research on the subject and that Profumo was about to place a second proponent of the research on the institute’s scientific council. But Profumo has told ScienceInsider that he changed his mind about the council nomination and that he has “no intention” of funding piezonuclear research without the backing of the scientific community… (continua a leggere su sciencemag.com)

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