Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Irish tech firm throws down "free energy" gauntlet

DUBLIN (Reuters) - An Irish technology firm issued a
challenge to the world's scientific community on Friday to give
its verdict on technology it says smashes one of the basic laws
of physics by producing "free energy."

Dublin-based Steorn said it had placed an advertisement in
The Economist magazine seeking 12 top physicists to examine the
technology -- based on the interaction of magnetic fields --
and publish their results.

"We fully accept there is going to be cynicism surrounding
this but what we're saying to the world of science is come and
prove us wrong," said Steorn Chief Executive Sean McCarthy.

"The answer to the question we're posing is too big not to
look," he added.

The concept of "free energy" -- which contradicts the first
law of thermodynamics that in layman's terms states you cannot
get more energy out than you put in -- has divided the
scientific community for centuries.

The Internet is awash with claims to have cracked the
problem using magnets, coils and even crystals.

McCarthy, a founder of Steorn in 2000, said the company
discovered the technology while using magnets to try to devise
more efficient wind generators and had spent the past three
years developing it.

"We put in a small amount of mechanical energy and we get a
large amount out ... but until this thing is validated by
science we won't be doing anything commercial with it," he

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