In 1984, on Friday the 13th, Terry Wallace, then 19 years old, and a friend were involved in a major car accident in Mountain View, Arkansas. He went into a coma for 19 years and left a wife and small child waiting.
In what some claim may be the greatest invention since the wheel, an Irish inventor’s 23 years of effort may have finally paid off. The 58 year old electrical engineer claims to have invented an electromechanical device that runs on 12-volt batteries and is capable of replenishing its own power supply. Once powered up, it is capable of running indefinitely – or at least until its parts wear out.
Perpetual motion, although seemingly impossible to produce, has fascinated both inventors and the general public for hundreds of years. The enormous appeal of perpetual motion resides in the promise of a virtually free and limitless source of power. The fact that perpetual-motion machines cannot work because they violate the laws of thermodynamics has not discouraged inventors and hucksters from attempting to break, circumvent, or ignore those laws. Did Orffyreus succeed in this endeavor?
The story is known throughout the world embodied in story and song. Sent by King Herod and following a shining star in the sky, the Three Wise Men travelled throughout the East until they reached the newborn king, the baby Jesus where they embellished him with gifts. But who were the Three Wise Men and what was the mysterious star that they followed?
How life came to be is a hotly debated topic. Many think that a one-of-a-kind chemical reaction occurred 4 billion years ago that just happened to spawn the first sign of life. On January 8, 2009, scientists did the unbelievable – they created life or something very close to it (or at least as we define life).
John Worrell Keely, a carpenter and mechanic from Philadelphia, announced in 1872 that he had discovered a new means of power production – the means to tap etheric energy. During this age, most physicists believed that all of space was filled with luminiferous ether rather than void, empty space. As it turned out several decades later, this theory was discounted by Einstein’s theory of relativity.
On Sunday, May 13, 1917, ten year old Lucia Santos and her younger cousins, siblings Jacinta and Francisco Marto, were tending sheep at a location known as the Cova da Iria near their home village of Fatima in Portugal. Lucia described seeing a woman “brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and stronger than a crystal ball filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun.” Further appearances took place on the thirteenth day of the month and continued for several months afterward. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the children six times between May 13 and October 13, 1917. In the course of her appearances, the woman confided to the children three secrets, now known as the Three Secrets of Fatima and told them that she had been sent by God with a message for every man and woman living in our century. She also provided a miracle that was witnessed by over 70,000 people.