Is cold as good as gold? If (if. . .if. . .if. . .) the science defined in last Sunday's "60 Minutes" (CBS-TV) program holds true, cold fusion is real and endowed with immense potential for "free" energy. Unfortunately, the two scientists originally credited with a successful cold fusion experiment years ago were vilified by fellow scientists who found the chore unreproducible, but renewed laboratory conquests accomplished by others may transform them into heroes for our time -- and their detractors into irrelevant wisps of hypocrisy and huffy pomposity.
There also might be a lesson in all of this for members of the scientific community who continue to deny the UFO phenomenon and either condemn or obstruct further research by their fellows. In the meantime, may I suggest:
Cold infusion: The process by which numerous scientific minds coagulate into an icy aggregate of doubt following the introduction of an unwelcome thought.
Hypothesopreposterous: The description of a theory held beneath contempt by the proper scientific community because. . .um. . .because, after all, they are the proper scientific community and they can't be bothered to explore things that simply cannot or must not be.