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Monday, September 11, 2006

I meant to blog about this when i read the story in the paper, but i forgot. For some reason over the weekend, I mentioned it to a friend who was interested and reminded me to post about it. Briefly, a company called Steorn have claimed to have created a machine that can 'make' energy. Now, i stop studying physics fairly early, and thus a long time ago, but one of the few laws i remember was the Principle of the Conservation of Energy; that energy can never be destroyed or lost or created, only changed. In order for their claim to be true, they must be getting out more energy than they are putting in, which according to the laws of physics, is impossible.

Suffice to say there's been huge controversy, and they are attempting to assemble a panel of 12 sceptical scientists to prove it to. I have no idea whether it's real or not. If it's not, it's either a genuine mistake, or a very complicated, elaborate scam (presumably into buying stock in the company when it floats or investing money etc.).

If it's real, of course, then it will, and this is no exageration, change the world forever. Free energy, no need to dig up oil or coal, no need to build nuclear powerstations, no harmful emissions destroying the environment etc etc and so on.

Read the story, look at their website. Make your own mind up. Guardian Unlimited story


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