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RE: [GreenYes] Scientific Breakthrough Liberates Energy Users from Fossil Fuel Dependence
This press release that was posted on E-WIRE describes what it says is a self-contained machine that somehow breaks water into hydrogen and oxygen using less energy than is produced when you burn hydrogen and oxygen to make water.  Anyone who has completed basic high school science courses should know that this is impossible.  If it were possible, you would have a machine that without any net inputs can produce energy - a "perpetual motion" machine.  It would burn hydrogen and oxygen to produce lots of energy, take part of that energy to separate the hydrogen and oxygen again, burn them again to produce lots more energy, and so on. The second law of thermodynamics says that such a machine cannot exist.

Thus, it seems you should be skeptical of press releases you read on E-WIRE.

Peter Spendelow
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

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Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2002 15:00:05 -0600
From: Stephan Pollard <sp@cast.uark.edu>
Subject: [GreenYes] Scientific Breakthrough Liberates Energy Users from Fossil Fuel  Dependence

Though folks might be interested in this press release found on E-WIRE.

http://www.ewire-news.com/wires/C757AA38-AA19-45AE-8E0A3F2838562317.htm

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Stephan

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