Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Yeah, but what will it do to sea levels?

This is one of those discoveries that it pays to be aware of, but not get too excited about-at least not right away.

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.

It is one thing to discover something, and it is quite another to apply it, make it practical for general use, and then make it sustainably profitable. If they can do that with this discovery, great, but then get yourself ready for greenies who are upset about what we are doing to the world's oceans.

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