Another Stab at Perpetual Motion

By Deane Barker on February 6, 2008

Turning physics on its ear: Could this be a perpetual motion machine, finally?

[…] they have demonstrated the Perepiteia to a number of labs and universities across North America, including the University of Virginia, Michigan State University, the University of Toronto and Queens University.

“It’s generally always the same reaction,” says Heins. “There’s a bit of a scramble on the part of the observer to put what they’re seeing into some sort of context with what they know. They can’t explain it. They don’t know what it is.”

This happens every now and again — someone swears they’ve created perpetual motion. Eighteen months ago, it was a company from Ireland..

We’ve discussed perpetual motion before and, strangely, how it relates to religion.

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  1. Could this be a perpetual motion machine, finally?

    you say this as if we knew all along that someone would build a perpetual motion machine, we just didn’t know when.

    how about this: no, this is not it

  2. From the article it seems that nobody, besides the avid news reporters, even has any claims about perpetual motions.

    They’re still in initial experimental stages of a method that may be able to improve efficiency of some types of motors. The jump from here to perpetual motions is… pure hype and PR.

    Non-news.

  3. you say this as if we knew all along that someone would build a perpetual motion machine, we just didn’t know when.

    I have one. She’s three-years-old. Never friggin’ stops moving.

    Physics is over-rated. I demand a loophole.

  4. Deane, for her to qualify as a perpetual motion machine, you’d have to stop feeding her. Of course, all those scientists who hold the conspiracy in place would get worried when they’d hear you are close to having proof it’s possible, so they’d use their contacts in the police to have you arrested on some bogus charges, like child abuse or something. You really can’t win.

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