posted on Jun, 26 2004 @ 12:36 AM
I've seen the glass things, my science teacher has two or three, but I don't have him anymore school's out. They are positively bitching though.
As for the Magnetic engine - THAT FREAKING WORKS? I THOUGHT I INVENTED IT!!! Yeah, I explained the concept of perpetual motion and the concept of
magnetically driven engines that run automatically for about 400 years until the magnets expire, unless you recharge them to a friend - He thought
that was pretty cool, and together we came up with a magnificently more efficient design than that one you displayed. Think of it more like a fan than
a wheel, and think of the fan's blades being more or less S shaped, so that North always faces one direction and South another. Same principle, but
more efficient, and mine is geared to work like a turbine. Considering that we could start with natural magnets, we could produce other magnets with
the generated electricity over time, and I think it would be a great way to get energy going. Of course, there is the possibility that the magnet will
somehow find an equilibrium - that one you showed, is there a working one yet built? I had planned to make one during my university years, as well as
another that uses curves and velocity to outmatch gravity, then uses those curves to toss a certain speed creating velocity, which swings through a
tube into a curve, hits a 'conveyor', magnetically held, which throws the next ball, tossing the next and the next, assuming it was done in the
right gravity and with the proper curve in a vacuum, I think it'd work, but it needs calculus for the right curving, and for minimal friction there
is needed some complicated metalwork and magnetic creation involved and required.
While not truly perpetual, they're making use of the massive store of energy we already have available - and they'll do it for an incredible amount
of time. These things should really be investigated more.