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We first encountered the "regenerative acceleration" system from Thane Heins years ago. You might think that seemingly impossible ideas like this would go off somewhere and never be heard from again, especially in this age of honest-to-goodness EV from major OEMs. But you'd be wrong.

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Well, it's not exactly perpetual motion or energy, but it's getting closer than most such attempts. Plus, instead of being backed by some sort of random crackpot scientist, this particular project has the backing of NASA and the U.S. Navy. So, what is it? (Take a deep breath.) The Sounding Oceanographic Lagrangrian Observer Thermal Recharging (SOLO-TREC) autonomous underwater vehicle. Says Jack Jones, a JPL principal engineer and SOLO-TREC co-principal investigator:

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As the late, great Freddie Mercury used to say, "Another one bites the dust." Although, like most free energy proponents, Archer Quinn is not ready to admit that he is wrong, but it seems that the rest of the world just isn't good enough for his world-changing invention ... or something. Honestly, it is rather difficult to make any sense at all from the ramblings on his website, but we're pretty sure that there won't be any more updates there regarding his mysterious invention, which is really t

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"I guess if there is a god, to give a person the ability to end global warming and destroy the filth that control the planet in one single move, would be somewhat of a miracle so I nicknamed it the "Sword of God", though spare me any religious rhetoric, I simply believe it a little unusual that I have never found anything I can't do, and almost every step I take refers at some point to something I have done or learned in the past. So I think taking the credit personally may be a bit of a stretch

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We recently had a story about the non-event that was to have been the public demonstration of the Orbo from an Irish company called Steorn. As it turned turned they had some technical difficulties with a machine that was supposed to provide free energy forever. Any claim of free energy is clearly to be taken with more than the usual dose of skepticism before being summarily dismissed.

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