Top 10 Impossible Inventions
that work

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By Jeane Manning

When Leonardo da Vinci sketched out an impossible invention, fifteenth-century scholars probably put him down. Forget it, Leon. If machines could fly, we'd know about it.

Throughout history, experts tell innovators that their inventions are impossible. A few examples:

  • The English Academy of Science laughed at Benjamin Franklin when hereported his discovery of the lightning rod, and the Academy refused topublish his report.
  • A gathering of German engineers in 1902 ridiculed Count Ferdinand vonZeppelin for claiming to invent a steerable balloon. (Later, Zeppelin airshipsflew commercially across the Atlantic.)
  • Major newspapers ignored the historic 1903 flight of the Wright brothersairplane because Scientific American suggested the flight was a hoax, and forfive years officials in Washington, D.C. did not believe that theheavier-than-air machine had flown.

Perhaps in the 21st century the following inventions will be standardscience, and a history student may wonder why 20th-century pundits disregardedthem.


This class of inventions could wipe out oil crises and help solveenvironmental problems. More commonly called free energy or fuel-less electricgenerators, they put out more power than goes into them from any previouslyrecognized source. No batteries, no fuel tank and no link with a wall socket. Instead, they tap an invisible source of power. Such unorthodox cleanenergy-producing devices exist today and were built as far back as the l9thcentury.

Forget the Rube Goldberg mechanical perpetual motion contraptions; they hadto stop eventually. In contrast, new solid-state (no moving parts) energyconverters are said to draw from an energy field in surrounding space. Thissource of abundant power is known by physicists as the zero-point quantumfluctuations of vacuum space. Zero-point refers to the fact that even at atemperature at which heat movement in molecules stops cold, zero degrees Kelvin,there is still a jiggling movement, said to be from inter-dimensionalfluctuations or cosmic energy. Magnetism and vortexian or spin-upon-a-spinmotions seem to line up these random fluctuations of space and put them to work,as in the Searl Effect (Atlantis Rising, first issue).

Inventors give various names to their space-energy converters. In the 1930s ascientist in Utah, T. Henry Moray, invented a Radiant Energy device powered fromthe sea of energy in which the earth floats. This sea that surrounds us, Moraysaid, is packed with rays which constantly pierce the earth from all directions,perhaps from countless galaxies. Converting this cosmic background radiationinto a strange cold form of electricity, his device lit incandescent bulbs,heated a flat iron and ran a motor. His sons say he was thanked with bullets andother harassments, but that's another story.

A spiritual commune in Switzerland had a tabletop free energy device runningin greenhouses for years, but members feared that outsiders would turn thetechnology into weaponry. Before the commune closed its doors to snoopers,European engineers witnessed the converter putting out thousands of watts. However, most other unorthodox energy technologies are still at the stage ofunreliable, crude prototypes. (So was the Wrights first airplane; it only flewabout a hundred feet.)

The inventor of AC (alternating current) electrical generating andtransmission systems, the genius Nikola Tesla (1857-1943), was said to have runa Pierce-Arrow car on a free energy device in the 1930s. Although that'sdifficult to document now, we have his word that it's possible. It is a merequestion of time when men will succeed in attaching their machinery to the verywheelwork of nature, said Tesla.

It may have been done before Tesla's time. Among the free energy inventionsof John Worrell Keely (1827-1898) is the Hydro Pneumo-Pulsating-Vacuo motor thatused cavitation (implosion) of water. Although Keely reached an advancedunderstanding of the science of vibrations, he failed to develop machines whichother people could operate. Progress continues from other directions, a companyin Georgia is selling water cavitation devices that range from 110 per cent to300 per cent efficient.

Up in Vancouver, Canada, Tesla researcher John Hutchison says he has a feelfor the natural flows of a subtle primal energy. In the spring of 1995 he showedhis latest invention to the author and a mechanical engineer. The HutchisonConverter involves crystalline materials and the principle of electricalresonance. He twirls a few knobs to tune it, and the energy flow is amplifieduntil it runs a one-inch diameter Radio Shack motor. The whirring of a smallpropeller isn't too impressive until you remember that there are no batteriesand the device runs for days at a time.

The garage inventors come from many backgrounds. Wingate Lambertson Ph.D. ofFlorida, former executive director of Kentucky's science and technologycommission, invented a device which converts the space energy fluctuations intoelectricity which lights a row of lamps. This dignified former professor took aroundabout route to the free-energy scene. In the mid-1960s he read There Is aRiver by Thomas Sugree, who writes about the destruction of Atlantis throughmisuse of a crystal energy collector. Lambertson's psychic friend later offeredto collaborate on replicating the first Atlantean energy converter, butLambertson eventually turned to his own knowledge of ceramics and metals todevelop an energy converter. Neither his nor other known zero-point energyconversion methods of today are based on the first Atlantean crystal method,because the researchers found better methods. Also, the concept of a centralpower station providing electric power to a nation is obsolete, says Dr. Lambertson. Small energy converters will follow the path of the personalconverter.


In Japan, cold fusion is called New Hydrogen Energy, and that oil-dependentnation welcomes successful experiments. In contrast, two pioneeringexperimenters were hounded out of North America. David Lewis described thisscene as Heavy Watergate in Atlantis Rising, issue two.

Update: A successful experiment was served up in Monte Carlo in April, at theFifth International Conference on Cold Fusion. Clean Energy Technologies Inc. ofFlorida demonstrated a cold fusion cell with energy output as much as ten timesmore than input. Other companies are also gambling on this new source of heatenergy which could drive electric generators.

What exactly causes atomic nuclei to fuse, and release energy, withoutextreme high temperatures and pressures? A Romanian physicist writing inInfinite Energy magazine, Dr. Peter Gluck, wonders if it could be only partly acatalytic nuclear effect, and partly a catalytic quantum effect providing thecapture of the zero-point energy, The ubiquitous z-p energy.


Another variation on the water-fuel theme relies more on vibrations than onchemistry. At more than 100 per cent efficiency, such a system produces hydrogengas and oxygen from ordinary water at normal temperatures and pressure.

One example is U.S. Patent 4,394,230, Method and Apparatus for SplittingWater Molecules, issued to Dr. Andrija Puharich in 1983. His method made complexelectrical wave forms resonate water molecules and shatter them, which freedhydrogen and oxygen. By using Tesla's understanding of electrical resonance,Puharich was able to split the water molecule much more efficiently than thebrute-force electrolysis that every physics student knows. (Resonance is whatshatters a crystal goblet when an opera singer hits the exact note whichvibrates with the crystal's molecular structure.)

Puharich reportedly drove his mobile home using only water as fuel forseveral hundred thousand kilometers in trips across North America. In a highMexican mountain pass he had to make do with snow for fuel. Splitting watermolecules as needed in a vehicle is more revolutionary than the hydrogen-poweredsystems with which every large auto manufacturer has dallied. With the on-demandsystem, you don't need to carry a tank full of hydrogen fuel which could be apotential bomb.

Another inventor who successfully made fuel out of water on the spot was thelate Francisco Pacheco of New Jersey. The Pacheco Bi-Polar Auto electric HydrogenGenerator (U.S. Patent No. 5,089,107) separated hydrogen from seawater asneeded.

A pioneer in breaking down water into hydrogen and oxygen without heat orordinary electricity, John Worrell Keely reportedly performed feats which20th-century science is unable to duplicate. He worked with sound and othervibrations to set machines into motion. To liberate energy in molecules ofwater, Keely poured a quart of water into a cylinder where tuning forks vibratedat the exact frequency to liberate the energy. Does this mean he broke apart thewater molecules and liberated hydrogen, or did he free a more primal form ofenergy? The records which could answer such questions are lost. However, acentury later, Keely is being vindicated. One scientist recently discovered thatKeely was correct in predicting the exact frequency which would burst apart awater molecule. Keely understood atoms to be intricate vibratory phenomena.


Look, Mom Earth, no power lines!

Tesla may have wanted to voice such a boast, but it didn't turn out that way;the world is crisscrossed with transmission lines for the electrical power grid. His invention for sending electrical power wirelessly wasn't too popular on WallStreet.

Before the power brokers figured out what he was up to, Tesla built atower-topped laboratory near what is now Colorado Springs. He filled themountain air with thunderous manmade lightning bolts and pounded the earth withelectrical oscillations as he tested ideas about electrical resonance. Then hereturned to New York to build Wardenclyffe, a complex wooden tower on LongIsland from which he planned to send both communications and power wirelessly. When banker J. Pierpont Morgan realized Tesla could make it possible for anyoneto stick an antenna in the ground anywhere and get electrical power, the bankercut off the inventor's funding and blocked other financial deals that Teslatried to make. Wardenclyffe tower was torn down and sold for scrap.

In recent years, scientists such as James Corum Ph.D. have learned that Tesladid successfully test a wireless system in Colorado. For example, Tesla knewspecific frequencies associated with the earth-ionosphere waveguide, knowledgehe could not have had in the nineteenth century unless he had sent electricaloscillations wirelessly.


In 1923 Townsend T. Brown's simple flying discs demonstrated a connectionbetween electricity and gravitation. Working along these lines for twenty-eightmore years, Brown patented (U.S. Patents 2,949,550, 3,018,394 and others) anelectrostatic propulsion method. Starting with two-feet-in-diameter suspendeddiscs flying around a pole at seventeen feet per second, he increased the sizeby a third, and the discs flew so fast that the results were highly classified,said an international aviation magazine in 1956. Before the end of his lifeBrown had apparatus that could lift itself directly when electricity wasapplied. He died in 1985.

The bottom line: if electrogravitics is developed, we could have an electricspacecraft technology which does not obey known electromagnetic principles. Thecraft would thrust in any direction, without moving engine parts. No gears,shafts, propellers or wheels.

Coupling effects between electricity or magnetism and gravity are shown byother experimenters, including David Hamel of Ontario and Floyd Sparky Sweet ofCalifornia. At a 1981 symposium in Toronto, Rudolf Zinsser of Germanydemonstrated a device (U.S. Patent 4,085,384) that propelled itself, accordingto credible witnesses such as professional engineer George Hathaway. Zinsserclaimed his specifically shaped pulses of electromagnetic waves altered thelocal gravitational field.

Hathaway collaborated in the mid-1980s with John Hutchison onaction-at-a-distance experiments in which heavy pieces of metal levitated andshot toward the ceiling when put in a complex electromagnetic field, and somemetal samples shredded anomalously. Visitors to the laboratory came from LosAlamos and the Canadian department of defense. (The military is a quantum leapahead of the academics in spooky science.)

Read the first issue of Atlantis Rising for a fascinating antigravity story,John Searle's levity disk generator.


Changing atomic elements or making elements appear mysteriously? It soundslike impossible alchemy, but experimenters recently did this, without BigScience particle accelerators. These scientists learned from a metaphysician,Walter Russell (1871-1963). During vivid spiritual experiences, Russell had seeneverything in the universe, from the atom to outer space, being formed by aninvisible background geometry. Russell not only portrayed his visions inpaintings, he also learned science. He was so far ahead that in 1926 hepredicted tritium, deuterium, neptunium, plutonium and other elements.

Recently, professional engineers Ron Kovac and Toby Grotz of Colorado, withhelp from Dr. Tim Binder, repeated Russell's 1927 work, which was verified atthe time by Westinghouse Laboratories. Russell found a novel way to change theratio of hydrogen to oxygen in water vapor inside a sealed quartz tube, or tochange the vapor to completely different elements. Their conclusion agrees withRussell: the geometry of motion in space is important in atomic transmutation. Kovac shorthands that idea to geometry of space-bending.

These modern shape-shifters speak of Russell's feats such as prolate oroblate the oxygen nucleus into nitrogen or hydrogen or vice versa. To changenuclei, they change the shape of a magnetic field. Although they used expensiveanalyzing equipment, it is basically tabletop science. No atom-smashingcyclotron needed; just a gentle nudge using the right frequencies. Focus andun-focus light-motion, create a vortex and control it.

Cold fusion researchers are also running across strange elements popping upin their own electrified brews. No one is proposing to make gold and upset worldcurrencies, but some experimenters aim to clean up radioactive waste by theirnovel processes.


As Wilhelm Reich, M.D., (1897-1957) moved from Europe to Scandinavia toAmerica, he left a trail of angry experts in every field he explored, frompsychiatry to politics to sexology, biology, microscopy and cancer research. Hiswork all led toward one unifying discovery, a mass-free pulsating life-forceenergy he named orgone, because he discovered it in living organisms beforefinding that it also permeates earth's atmosphere.

Reich's life ended in prison after prolonged conflict with the U.S. Food andDrug Administration. His books and papers were burned by federal officialsbecause the FDA had gathered a case against use of his orgone accumulator fortherapy. The accumulator is a box made of layered organic and inorganicmaterials; experiments with it show anomalous results. An unusual temperaturerise inside the accumulator indicates limitations of the second law ofthermodynamics. Whether or not concentrated orgone can help with healthproblems, the accumulator does defy standard science.


In 1952 Wilhelm Reich invented a method of rainmaking that doesn't involvecloud seeding with chemicals. Cloud busting, otherwise known as etheric weatherengineering, invokes principles that are hard for the conventionally trainedmind to accept. The technology is low-tech; point some hollow metal pipes at thesky and connect their lower ends into running water. But unless you know bothmeteorology and orgonamy, please don't try this at home, on our planet.

Among the properties of the primordial energy, orgone, Reich observed, areits absorption into water, its role in controlling weather and its dangerousstate when excited by radioactivity. The planet doesn't need any moremad-scientist experimenters manipulating natural systems, but it may need a moreadvanced understanding of what nuclear power plant emissions do to theatmosphere. (Reich's followers warn that the planet's life-force is disturbed bythe excess radioactivity.)


In the late 1920s Royal Raymond Rife of San Diego invented ahigh-magnification, high-resolution light microscope. This meant that he couldsee unstained living cells, unlike the dead specimens seen under an electronmicroscope. Basically, he developed an electromagnetic frequency generator whichhe could tune to the natural frequency of the micro-organism under study. Further, he learned that certain electromagnetic frequencies could kill specificbacterial forms.

New discoveries in biophysics not only shed light on the illumination processof Rife's microscope, they also explain how he could selectively explodeviruses. His concept of shape changing bacteria indicates that traditionalgerm-theory dogma is incomplete. Despite documented cures, his non-drug,painless electrical treatment of diseases was not welcomed by a powerful medicalunion.


When Patrick Flanagan was a teenager in the early 1960s, Life magazine listedhim as one of the top scientists in the world. Among his inventions was theNeurophone, an electronic instrument that can program suggestions into a persondirectly through skin contact. He made the first Neurophone at age fourteen, outof kitchen junk, his electrodes were scouring pads made of fine copper wire andinsulated with plastic bags. He then wired the electrodes to a specialtransformer attached to a hi-fi amplifier. Holding the pads on his temples, hecould hear, inside his head, music from the amplifier. Later modelsautomatically adjusted the signal to resonate with the human subject's skin aspart of a complex circuit. Patent officials said it was impossible for a soundto be heard clearly without vibrating bones or going through a crucial nerve ofthe ear, and refused for 12 years to patent it. The file was re-opened when anerve-deaf employee at the patent office did hear with a Neurophone.

At one time Flanagan researched man/dolphin language, on contracts with theU.S. Navy. This led to a 3-D holographic sound system that could place sounds inany location in space. He then perfected a Neurophone model which could be usedfor subliminal learning that would go into the brain's long-term memory banks. But after he sent in a patent application on a digital Neurophone, the DefenseIntelligence Agency slapped on a Secrecy Order and he was unable to work on thedevice or talk to anyone about it for five years. This was discouraging, sincethe first patent took twelve years to get.

Having helped certain deaf people to hear, Flanagan's next miracle could beto help the blind to see. All we have to do is stimulate the skin with the rightsignals.

With public acceptance of inventions such as space-energy converters andsuper-learning devices, perhaps today's innovators will pull the establishment,kicking and scoffing, into a new world view before the 21st century. However,figure that there will always be experts to say Forget it: such things areimpossible.

More space-energy converters will be pictured in a book by Jeane Manning,forthcoming from Avery Publishing Group this winter.

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