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"Burns" Salt Water with Radio Waves-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: This eRumor is mostly
circulated in the form of a video. It is a recording of a report
from WKYC-TV 3 in Cleveland, Ohio. It tells of television
broadcast engineer John Kanzius' discovery that he could use radio waves
to make salt water burn. Is this a new source of energy?
The Truth: The television report is
true. Whether John Kanzius' discovery is revolutionary or not
remains to be seen.
Kanzius is a former television station
owner and broadcast engineer from Pennsylvania who now lives in Florida.
According to the report, Kanzius came up with an idea for using radio
waves to kill cancer cells. It involved injecting tiny bits of
certain metals into cancer patients---metals that would be attracted by
the cancer cells. Since radio waves can make certain metals
hotter, the thought was that the radiated pieces of metal might make the
cancer cells die.
Kanzius has a personal interest in the quest. He has been
diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.
Along the way Kanzius made an accidental discovery of a different
nature. He found that when salt water was placed into the radio
waves, it would burst into flame---an incredibly hot flame. He
said it was because the hydrogen and the oxygen were being released from
the salt water.
A company in Akron has checked out
Kanzius' discovery and says it's quite remarkable. A small steam
engine has been constructed to demonstrate the potential.
There is work to be done, though, before the radio wave-salt water
device will be powering cars or generating plants. A lot of energy
goes into creating the radio waves in the first place so there needs to
be some assessment as to whether the energy that comes from it is worth
Meanwhile, his original goal of
fighting cancer is being looked into. In January, 2007, researchers
at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston say they reached a
milestone by killing pancreatic cancer cells in the laboratory using Kanzius'
method. Next will be animal experimentation then human.