The test was done in air. There are a huge number of possible sources for thrust. Most notable are convection currents from temperature differences. Even if the test is done in vacuum, you need to be very careful. Temperature changes can cause out-gassing. Thermal radiation will generate force from photon pressure.
Newtonian physics was (and still is) extremely accurate in the range in which it was tested. The flaws were found under new conditions (relatively strong fields and fast motions of planets, and detailed measurements of the speed of light).
The amount of physics knowledge now is vastly greater than it was in 1900. My day job involves working with electrons at .99999999C. As I sit here I am looking at the energy of X-rays generated from scattering off of 12 GeV electrons - getting the correct energy relies on conservation of mass energy. Conservation of mass-energy is measured in everything from planetary orbits, to electron diffraction, to neutron star binaries, to high energy collisions.
This device is not operating in any new physical regime. The energies and length scales are quite modest.There is no physical explanation of what is going on (quantum mechanics conserves mass-energy). Its a very dirty experiment (done in air etc), so it is enormously more likely to be a mistake than the discovery of a new physical principal.