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Thursday, October 06, 2005
  Perpetual Motion Engine - funded by government!
Yes ... it appears the government have funded a perpetual motion engine company run by a bunch of Russians.

Cars would use water as the main fuel and need only a small amount of petrol, thus cutting costs for motorists.

Trade Minister Ian Pearson said: "The successful creation of OM Energy Ltd as a UK company represents UK Trade & Investment's steadfast commitment to help develop global entrepreneurship based on exceptional intellectual property.


I wonder how much of our tax monies have been sent in this particular direction.
 
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"... a bunch of Russians"

Just exactly what are you saying here. Would you have said a "gaggle of Arabs" or "load of Poles"? I suspect if these were US citizens you wouldn't have said "a bunch of Yanks" but would have accepted that investing in innovation wasn't such a bad idea.
 
http://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/museum/unwork.htm

Is the "museum of unworkable devices"
 
There's a longer story here.
Is this a joke? Is it April Fools Day?

If I understand correctly this company is using technology to split H and O in water so the H can then be used as a fuel. This is ludicrous since, if I remember anything from my physics degree, it takes more energy to split H and O in water than is available using the H as a fuel.

Otherwise we have in infinite amount of energy, a perpetual motion machine and need some new laws of thermodynamics.

If the government has put any money into this then someone's been conned.
 
"... a bunch of Russians"

Two-thirds of my family are Russians and we see no problem at all with the phrase, any more than I would with "a bunch of Poles", "a bunch of Saudis" or "a bunch of Americans".

Not sure whether I understand the science and engineering principles of this yet, so I won't comment on whether this will work.

There may still be a lot of wild, offbeat but possibly useful ideas to come out of Russia. I remember some years ago some military scientists writing to me for help in marketing some kind of high-speed smoking of fish.
 
Now smoking fish. That is something that might work.
 
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