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    • CommentAuthorzenbullet
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2008 edited
    Thane Heins demonstrates his machine
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2008
    Sounds like yet another case of self-delusion to me.

    If I had a perpetual motion device I wouldn't go to the media. I'd build a bunch of them, keep the details secret and sell the power to the big electric companies. Once I had a few hundred megawatts of actual generating capacity I'd go to the media.
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    Yup. These devices invariably turn out to be bogus. The Second Law pretty much has an iron grip.
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    For once, a good youtube comment (says everything I was about to quite concisely):

    "I'm no expert on this stuff, but usually when I hear about these gadgets it turns out that they are basically running on the potential energy of one or? more magnets. Then the magnets will eventually de-magnetize, and the energy required to re-magnetize them exceeds the energy that was supplied. So before I consider this as anything special, I'd want to see a demonstration that shows more energy being supplied than exists in the potential energy of the magnets themselves."