In reply to Jack Cole's message of Sun, 26 Nov 2017 00:49:20 +0000:
>It's not completely clear to me where the energy is coming from beyond
>heat. The occasional anomalous vibrational waves are converted to
>electricity. The researcher makes basically the same claims in the video
>as is made in the article.
Heat would imply a second law violation. This would only work IMO if they
combine it with a "diode". (In the paper they mention a "ratchet mechanism",
which is essentially a mechanical diode.)
In the article they mention charge transport, but without an electrical diode, I
would expect charges to be transported in both directions, with an average net
>I found a link to the full paper. Maybe that will help us understand more.
Robin van Spaandonk
local asymmetry = temporary success