Free energy: Perpetual Failure?
The dream of perpetual motion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perpetual_motion) can be traced back at least as far as the 8th Century, to a seemingly magical, magnetically powered wheel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_wheel). The idea held allure even for such luminaries as Leonardo da Vinci, but despite its long history has never amounted to anything. Perpetual motion remains an epistemic impossibility, that is, impossible within our current best understanding. Given that fact and the track record of failure, the U.S. Patent Office refuses to grant a patent for any such device without a working model.
Everything old is new again and what were perpetual motion devices have been repackaged into free energy (or overunity) machines, whereby you can get more energy out than you put in. This would, of course, change the world and that’s exactly why “they” won’t let you know about it.
Don’t worry though. We’ll keep you in the loop.
For example, in 2008, a local inventor was given space at the University of Ottawa to work on a device (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perepiteia) that while not claimed to continue indefinitely was supposedly capable of operating at efficiencies of 7,000%.
Steve Watson (M.Eng.) took part in an investigation into this device (http://www.ottawaskeptics.org/2008/05/04/121-in-this-town-we-obey-the-laws-of-thermodynamics/). In this talk he will present a brief overview of historical attempts to produce perpetual motion machines, the basic physics of why they don't work, and an examination of this recent local free energy project.