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Is Mills taking over where Newman and Soule' left off?

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  • Wallace Edward Brand
    New power source or sci-fi delusions? By Kevin Coughlin The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger Sunday, November 21, 1999 EAST WINDSOR, N.J. -- From a cavernous
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 21, 1999
      New power source or sci-fi delusions?

      By Kevin Coughlin
      The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger
      Sunday, November 21, 1999

      EAST WINDSOR, N.J. -- From a cavernous laboratory near Princeton
      University, a former dairy farmer with a degree from Harvard and
      confidence is promising to conquer the world.

      Randell Mills calls his secret weapon the BlackLight Process.

      It is a new and abundant source of cheap power, Mills claims, that
      will run cities on a swimming pool's worth of water. As a bonus, he
      says its byproducts
      are novel "hydrino hydride" compounds with a million and one uses:
      electric-car batteries that run 1,000 miles on an overnight charge;
      tinier computer
      chips; munitions packing more bang for the buck; super sealants for
      a rust-free Navy.

      Sound fishy?

      A lot of respected scientists think so. They call Mills misguided
      at best, a sci-fi con man at worst. P.T. Barnum with an F in
      physics, a perpetual motion
      machine of ego.

      If Mills is right, they say, then a century of quantum mechanics --
      the bedrock of modern physics that has produced transistors, lasers,
      telecommunications --
      is wrong.

      "His theory is totally groundless," says Paul Grant, a former IBM
      scientist now with the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo
      Alto, Calif.

      But the brickbats haven't kept private investors -- including two
      power companies and a former federal energy official -- from pumping
      $20 million (the
      company's figure) into Mills' BlackLight Power Co. Inc.

      They're betting he's the next Einstein, even though some
      acknowledge they can't understand a word of "The Grand Unified
      Theory of Classical Quantum
      Mechanics," Mills' self-published tome. It's 1,000 pages long and
      sells for $100.

      If Mills is right, they say, he will transform the world and make
      them all very, very rich.

      "He's getting the same treatment Galileo got from the Vatican,"
      complains investor Shelby Brewer, an MIT-trained physicist and an
      assistant secretary of
      energy in the Reagan administration. Brewer writes off naysaying
      academics as "old ladies, old sinecured bureaucrats."

      Mills, 42, pulls no punches, either.

      "Quantum mechanics is purely fictitious," he says matter-of-factly,
      deriding the nearby Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory as a flop
      that's wasted billions
      of dollars trying to harness the sun's power.

      Mills says he's found the answer and it's chemical, not nuclear. No
      hellfire, radioactive fusion. And no room-temperature fusion in a

      The concept of "cold fusion" caused a sensation 10 years ago, but
      its promise of limitless energy hasn't panned out.

      If BlackLight isn't cold fusion, the quest began around the same
      time. And Mills' dreams hinge on the same thing: The most abundant
      -- and probably
      best-understood -- element in the universe.


      More than a dozen U.S. patents of his are pending, says Mills'
      lawyer, Jeffrey Melcher. They cover "new ways of providing abundant
      energy from ordinary
      hydrogen," he says, and a "new field of chemical compounds having a
      fantastic combination of properties never seen before."

      Yet another source of "free energy"? Wallace Edward Brand
    • Ed Phillips
      Yep!!! Ed
      Message 2 of 2 , Nov 22, 1999

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