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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Don't Reporters Know Any Physics?

An AP story on Yahoo says:

John Kanzius happened upon the discovery accidentally when he tried to desalinate seawater with a radio-frequency generator he developed to treat cancer. He discovered that as long as the salt water was exposed to the radio frequencies, it would burn.

The discovery has scientists excited by the prospect of using salt water, the most abundant resource on earth, as a fuel.

Rustum Roy, a Penn State University chemist, has held demonstrations at his State College lab to confirm his own observations.

The radio frequencies act to weaken the bonds between the elements that make up salt water, releasing the hydrogen, Roy said. Once ignited, the hydrogen will burn as long as it is exposed to the frequencies, he said.

Did he check to see if the amount of energy released is greater than that put in by the radio waves? For that matter shouldn't any reporter able to cover science and technology think to ask that? It looks like the radio waves are putting enough energy into the water to split the water molecules and the exact same energy then comes out when the resulting hydrogen is burned.

1 Comments:

Blogger Vyaas said...

Crazy proposition:If radio waves can burn salt in water...and that can be used to power vehicles....a radio station could be in the offing..just keep well away from oceans and seas!

6:32 PM  

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