gfxguy writes "From the article at Yahoo News:
Isn't the oxygen also released? And wouldn't it burn, too? Sounds a bit too cool to be true, but it would be nice to think we don't have to wait for fusion to become viable."Link to Original Source
Rustum Roy, a Penn State University chemist, has held demonstrations at his State College lab to confirm his own observations.
The radio frequencies act to weaken the bonds between the elements that make up salt water, releasing the hydrogen, Roy said. Once ignited, the hydrogen will burn as long as it is exposed to the frequencies, he said.
axehind writes "For obvious reasons, scientists long have thought that salt water couldn't be burned.So when an Erie man announced he'd ignited salt water with the radio-frequency generator he'd invented, some thought it a was a hoax. John Kanzius, a Washington County native, tried to desalinate seawater with a generator he developed to treat cancer, and it caused a flash in the test tube.
Maybe this has some potential to be the next fuel.."Link to Original Source
LanMan04 writes "From the Post-Gazette: For obvious reasons, scientists long have thought that salt water couldn't be burned.
So when John Kanzius announced he'd ignited salt water with the radio-frequency generator he'd invented, some thought it a was a hoax. "It's true, it works," Dr. Rustum Roy (Penn State University chemist) said. "Everyone told me, 'Rustum, don't be fooled. He put electrodes in there.'" But there are no electrodes and no gimmicks, he said.
The salt water isn't burning per se, despite appearances. The radio frequency actually weakens bonds holding together the constituents of salt water — sodium chloride, hydrogen and oxygen — and releases the hydrogen, which, once ignited, burns continuously when exposed to the RF energy field. An independent source measured the flame's temperature, which exceeds 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. (Video of demonstration, more information)"Link to Original Source
Joe the Lesser writes "In an amazing story, scientist John Kanzius accidentally discovered how to burn salt water while testing radio frequencies for cancer research. "The radio frequencies act to weaken the bonds between the elements that make up salt water, releasing the hydrogen... Once ignited, the hydrogen will burn as long as it is exposed to the frequencies." The scientists want to find out whether the energy output from the burning hydrogen — which reached a heat of more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit — would be enough to power a car or other heavy machinery. This discovery, being called "the most remarkable discovery in water science in 100 years," might reveal a new possible fuel that's as easy to get as a walk to the beach."
dlambrig writes "A researcher claims to have ignited salt water by blasting it with a particular radio frequency.
Assuming this is true, is it possible the energy required to generate the radio frequencies are exceeded by the energy created?"
bogidu writes "Can the day when you pull into a station and yell "fill'er up!" and someone pours a couple of gallons of saltwater into your tank be too far away? http://green.yahoo.com/index.php?q=node/1570"
Surak_Prime writes "Yahoo! Green is running this article about an accidental discovery that allows the hydrogen in saltwater to burn when exposed to a radio frequency. Extremely awesome if it pans out as an energy source. Maybe now we'll have something to do with all that ice cap water that's supposed to be coming our way from global warming?"Link to Original Source
dcollins writes "From Yahoo News:
An Erie cancer researcher has found a way to burn salt water, a novel invention that is being touted by one chemist as the "most remarkable" water science discovery in a century.
John Kanzius happened upon the discovery accidentally when he tried to desalinate seawater with a radio-frequency generator he developed to treat cancer. He discovered that as long as the salt water was exposed to the radio frequencies, it would burn.
The discovery has scientists excited by the prospect of using salt water, the most abundant resource on earth, as a fuel.
bluce writes "John Kanzius, a Washington County native, tried to desalinate seawater with a generator he developed to treat cancer, and it caused a flash in the test tube.
Within days, he had the salt water in the test tube burning like a candle, as long as it was exposed to radio frequencies.
His discovery has spawned scientific interest in using the world's most abundant substance as clean fuel, among other uses."Link to Original Source