Anti-gravity patent!?

According to the United Press, “The journal Nature said patent 6,960,975 was granted Nov. 1 to Boris Volfson of Huntington, Ind., for a space vehicle propelled by a superconducting shield that alters the curvature of space-time outside the craft in a way that counteracts gravity.”Since the mechanism behind this patent breaks the laws of physics, it seems that the patent office is being duped by junk science. Anti-gravity requires unlimited energy, it’s like a perpetual motion claim! As my dad said, “did he submit a working model?”

As I’ve talked about before here, the original intention of the patent office in the US was to stimulate industry in the fledgling country, and Jefferson wanted very limited terms for patents and wanted it to only apply to those inventions that were actually developed and working, *not* ideas alone, but this is an old saw.

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