Friday, July 18, 2008

Purdue Declares That Taleyarkhan Guilty of Scientific Misconduct

In a complete about-face, Purdue has released its latest finding on the Taleyarkhan debacle. After an earlier investigation that found no misconduct, the most recent (and presumably, more encompassing investigation) has found him guilty of scientific misconduct.

Purdue University announced today that one of its nuclear engineers was guilty of scientific misconduct in work related to his potentially revolutionary findings about creating fusion from bubbles.

The announcement represented an about-face for the university, which more than a year ago declared that the scientist, Rusi P. Taleyarkhan, was not guilty of misconduct. The university had come under fire from members of the U.S. House of Representatives for that earlier assertion, and subsequently started a new investigation.

Do I think this is the end of this thing? Nope. I'm sure Taleyarkhan will appeal and/or both sue the university.

Edit: more coverage of this by the Science Daily News update.


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