Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

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Technological breakthrough, or sign of strain in U.S. Patent Office?

On, a reader reports:

Inventor granted patent for a “hyper-light-speed” antenna which apparently proves the existence of a new dimension that can send signals–and, therefore, energy–faster than the speed of light.

The patent abstract describes the invention as:

A method to transmit and receive electromagnetic waves which comprises generating opposing magnetic fields having a plane of maximum force running perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the magnetic field; generating a heat source along an axis parallel to the longitudinal axis of the magnetic field; generating an accelerator parallel to and in close proximity to the heat source, thereby creating an input and output port; and generating a communications signal into the input and output port, thereby sending the signal at a speed faster than light.

It was issued to a David L. Strom.

I love this bit from the background section:

All known radio transmissions use known models of time and space dimensions for sending the RF signal.

The present invention has discovered the apparent existence of a new dimension capable of acting as a medium for RE signals.

How often do you get to write something like that? “Current technologies are limited by their obedience to known physical laws. However, my invention suffers no such constraints…”

(I am *so* jealous. I want faster-than-light communications, too!)

[via Paul Saffo]

1 Comment

  1. I’m reminded of the Dean Drive, and one good and useful thing that derived from the study G. Harry Stine did of it and other items in the Seventies, for John Campbell of _Analog_.

    The definitive test for Dean Drives is to hang the thing by a string and see if it can pull to the side and stay off-vertical.

    What would be a conclusive test for an FTL Antenna, I wonder? Comparison – with ???

    73, Phil AD6PQ (I want one too!)

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