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Perpetual Motion Machine

Could there be such a thing as a perpetual motion machine? Most scientists would say no, but there IS one that is over 300 years old, resting in a museum in Romania. If researchers could figure out how it works, it could pave the way to the creation of car batteries that never run out.

This battery, built by Vasile Karpen, has been operating without stop since 1950. When Karpen built it, he claimed it would last forever. He patented the design in 1922. On the Helium website, Terrence Aym quotes museum director Nicolae Diaconescu as saying, "I admit it's also hard for me to advance the idea of an overunity generator without sounding ridiculous, even if the object exists."

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Thanks for this one. I would think the gold and platinum needed to make a large enough battery to provide more than a volt would be very expensive. But they don't understand how it works? What is with these inventors who leave behind amazing technology that understanding about it isn't passed to anyone else? It's patented, so they know how to reproduce it, but don't understand the mechanics? That amazes me. Makes me think of how Ed Leedskalnin's coral castle, Stan Meyer's water car...

LB

So what is the perpetual motion machine that is over 300 years old?
The battery has only been working since 1950.

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