2007 - Volume #31, Issue #6, Page #05[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Fuel Up With SaltwaterAfter John Kanzius, Erie, Penn., underwent chemotherapy for leukemia, the former broadcaster, who has always had an interest in science, decided to try to find a less toxic way to stop cancer. His idea? Use radio waves to zap cancer cells. Along the way, he may have come up with a revolutionary new fuel that's super abundant, and free.
Here's his idea in a nut shell. Cancer researchers already knew that cancer cells will absorb nanoparticles of metal (less than one billionth of a meter in size) while healthy cells will not. By exposing the cells to radio waves, the cancer cells can be killed, leaving the healthy cells untouched. Cancer researchers all over the world were amazed at the Kanzius discovery, including researchers at the world renowned MD Anderson Cancer Clinic in Houston, Texas, who are continuing work on the idea along with scientists at the Pittsburgh Medical Center.
While doing the cancer research, Kanzius was zapping salt water in a test tube with radio waves and heard the sound of a spark. He lit a match over the tube and was amazed to see a high temperature flame burning on top of the water. It was later measured at 3,000?, indicating a tremendous release of energy.
Dr. Rustum Roy, a leading expert in water structure at Penn State University, calls the discovery "the most remarkable in water science in 100 years". He notes that it isn't the saltwater itself that's burning. He believes the radio waves weaken the bonds of the sodium, chloride, hydrogen and oxygen in the saltwater so that it's actually the released hydrogen that's burning.
Kanzius is working with Industrial Sales & Manufacturing in Erie, Penn., to perfect the process. He says they've so far powered a Stirling engine with saltwater exposed to radio waves. Meanwhile, Dr. Roy is working to secure research funding from the U.S. Dept. of Energy. To see a video of saltwater in flames, go to www.rustumroy.com.
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