• Sep 10th 2007 at 4:13PM
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Salt water as fuel? Not exactly, but kinda. John Kanzius discovered that by focusing certain radio-frequencies on a test tube of salt water, he could ignite the contents, which would them become hot enough to melt the test tube. The process has been independently verified by Rustum Roy, a Penn State University chemist. According to Roy, what is actually happening is the hydrogen is being separated from the salt water and ignited. As long as the water is bombarded with the radio-frequency, it continues to burn after being ignited. This could be a possible breakthrough, depending on how much energy it takes to separate the hydrogen from the water compared to how much hydrogen can be extracted.
Additional research will be necessary into this discovery. The effect was actually discovered while Kanzius was researching heated nanoparticles as part of a novel cancer treatment. So, really, not all accidents are bad, huh? According to our source article, Dr. Roy will be meeting with officials from the DOE and DOD to discuss the discovery and to seek funding for further research. We'll see where it goes from there.

[Source: Post Gazette, thanks for the tip Aaron!]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Rustum Roy's a known crackpot, but usually he's limited his bloviations to homeopathy and "Christian health" - whatever that is.

      • 7 Years Ago
      If this guy wants to really help our planet wich is in peril, why does he not share his findings?. Instead wants to make himself rich. If he really wants to find a way to cure cancer, share your findings so other people can do reasearch too. Improve your planet and "humans" that live in it. Good luck gettiing rich.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is exactly what somebody with no, knowledge, no ingenuity and no money would say!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Takes more power to run the microwave than the heat of the flame will produce - this idea is no better than ethanol.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm sure the first and second laws of thermodynamics will prove that it takes more energy to do that than you get out.

      It would be so much easier to combat this whole global warming thing if scientists would just invent some magic already
      • 7 Years Ago
      John Kanzius has demonstrated that there is more than one way to release hydrogen from water. Keep that in mind. Doubters will never benefit from anything. Believers will benefit while the doubters will tag along.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I doubt this will be the end of all fossil related tech.

      But just like a Hybrid system uses a motor and electric to better mileage. Couldn't this be used as something in conjuction with other technologies to improve mileage?

      like a plug-in hybrid with hydrogen generator?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Two points:

      1. Since water dissociates into H+ and OH- ions, and salt dissociates into Na+ and Cl- ions, the other gas is probably chlorine, not oxygen.

      2. Chlorine and hydrogen burn to produce hydrogen chloride. Chlorine and HCl are poisonous.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The law of termodinamics only work on close systems, and in order of TODAY QUANTUM PHISICS, w know a system is so close as we know.....

      • 7 Years Ago
      Very interesting observations by many here. What I want to know is, what is happening to soluble minerals (calcite, nitrate etc) by these micro waves?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Heresy! Heresy! The world is flat and is the center of all things! Sickness comes from the devil! Man cannot fly! He cannot go faster than sound! The moon is made out of cheese! Man can never go there! The laws of thermodynamics first contemplated from horse and buggy in the 1800s are complete and correct. Heresy I say!!!! We know everything! Close the patent office. It is a waste of taxpayer money as all things have already been invented.

      If a new form of energy is discovered that competes with the status quo powerbase, don’t worry as the DOD or established scientific community fossils will quickly kill it. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Paul, that puzzled me, too, until I realized that the test tube filled with conductive salt water may be just the right size and shape to act as a simple dipole antenna, greatly improving the absorbtion of the radio waves.

      Needless to say, if the process had somehow produced H2 and O2 gas, Mr. Kanzius would have been in a world of hurt when he stuck his hand in the beam!
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