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NASA: New “impossible” engine works, could change space travel forever August 1, 2014

Posted by Al Philipson in Science and Science Fiction news.
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Until recently, every physicist was laughing at this engine and its inventor, Roger Shawyer. It’s called the EmDrive and everyone said it was impossible because it goes against classical mechanics. But the fact is that the quantum vacuum plasma thruster works and scientists can’t explain why.

NASA: New "impossible" engine works, could change space travel foreverShawyer’s engine is extremely light and simple. It provides a thrust by “bouncing microwaves around in a closed container.” The microwaves are generated using electricity that can be provided by solar energy. No propellant is necessary, which means that this thrusters can work forever unless a hardware failure occurs. If real, this would be a major breakthrough in space propulsion technology.

The entire idea that we have found something that seems to go against the the principle of conservation of momentum just seems crazy …. But the fact that it has worked for two independent parties can’t be denied.

For the complete story, go here.

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1. Al Philipson - August 7, 2014

10 questions about Nasa’s ‘impossible’ space drive answered

More information on the drive: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-08/07/10-qs-about-nasa-impossible-drive

2. Sally Ember, Ed.D. - August 9, 2014

Love and resharing what you posted here. Here are two for YOU!
“Powerful and Efficient ‘Neuromorphic’ Chip Works Like a Brain”
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/tech/new-ibm-chip-functions-like-brain-revolutionary/

and
“This Bacterium Can Survive on Electricity Alone”
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/nature/bacteria-can-survive-electricity-alone/

Al Philipson - August 20, 2014

First one is a great article. I’ve had a couple of “nay sayers” write me on this. The article seems to answer all objections.

Couldn’t get into the second one. So many pop-overs and hijinks that I couldn’t read the article. I refuse to put up with a site like that.

3. Al Philipson - March 13, 2015

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