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THE PANTAGRAPH, Wednesday, May 3. 1989 A7 More critical reaction to cold fusion claims By Baltimore Sun BALTIMORE A panel of prominent physicists strongly questioned the existence of room-temperature fusion yesterday, continuing a barrage of criticism of the discovery that emerged Monday night in a lively session of the American Physical Society. But an official of the University of Utah, contacted in Salt Lake City, defended the researchers who conducted the "cold" fusion experiment: B. Stanley Pons, head of the university's chemistry department, and electrochemist Martin Fleischmann of Britain. "It's curious to me, after 5 years of experimenting by some very competent scientists, that the errors they have been accused of can be considered true after just a month of rushed experiments by other researchers," said James Brophy, vice president of research. Brophy said that Pons is "human like the rest of us. He's willing to take honest and straightforward criticism. 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