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Debunking The Perpetual Motion Myth: What is zero-point energy?


How much do you know about perpetual motion?
How much do you know about perpetual motion?
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Imagine an energy source that was infinite, clean, and completely scalable. It would solve many of the world's problems -- and sounds too good to be true. This is the promise of "zero-point energy" - the idea that the lowest possible energy of a system, its "ground state," can in fact be harnessed by a machine -- and, unfortunately, still very much in the realm of science fiction.

On the next page, learn more about zero-point energy.