Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Burning Salt Water

Really. Retired broadcast engineer John Kanzius has been working on a cure for cancer. Metallic nanoparticles are inserted into a patient's body and they collect in tumorous tissues. Then when the patient is placed in the path of a radio transmission the particles heat rapidly, killing the tumour but not any healthy tissue.

Someone asked him whether his radio beams could break down salt water into hydrogen and oxygen, so they could be used for clean fuel. When he tried it, the result was surprising. The water does break down, but in such a way that it becomes flammable. Watch:


Super-Electro-Blahblahblah said...

1. No blood for seawater!

2. We'll be hearing about Peak Seawater for the next 100,000 years.

Laban said...

But the energy needed to produce the radio waves will presumably be greater than the energy liberated by the flame. Won't it ?

Peter Risdon said...

Laban, yes of course. It's just cool - a previously unknown phenomenon.

Having said that, if, for example, it could be used to power an internal combustion engine it might give a bit more welly than electric motors. Of course, the ultimate power source in that case would be something like the nuclear reactor that generated the electricity that generated the radio signal.