Silly science news – the EM-Drive is back

Roger Shawyer’s Em-Drive is back in the news, and we are seeing really funny news-lines, like The Telegraph’s super silly  ‘Impossible’ rocket drive works and could get to Moon in four hours [1].

Fours hours? Where did they get that part. Oh well, I guess someone used a calculator, but forgot to think.

Well, the fuss seems to be, that Martin Tajmar [2] from Dresden university has now confirmed, that E-Drive really produces thrust. Similar results, that NASA’s Eagleworks claimed last year [4].

“Our test campaign cannot confirm or refute the claims of the EM Drive but intends to independently assess possible side-effects in the measurements methods used so far,” said Prof Tajmar.

“Nevertheless, we do observe thrust close to the actual predictions after eliminating many possible error sources that should warrant further investigation into the phenomena.”

I am sure Tajmar is a nice guy, but he is also a big fan of funny and unrealistic theories. He has previously worked with for example anti-gravity [3]

So, taking into account that Em-Drive goes against everything we know about conservation of momentum and energy, and is in contradiction with both classical physics and relativity, which of the two is more probable:

  1. The Em-Dive really DOES work can take us to the Moon in 4 hours!
  2. The measurements by Tajmar and others are in error

paradigm-shift-cartoon

Thinking is allowed. Bad science has always paired nicely with bad journalism.


[1]
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/space/11769030/Impossible-rocket-drive-works-and-could-get-to-Moon-in-four-hours.html

[2]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Tajmar

[2]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-gravity

[4] Space Kick-sledges and over-unity devices
https://pathoskeptic.com/2014/09/14/space-kicksledges-and-overunity-devices/

3 thoughts on “Silly science news – the EM-Drive is back

  1. Em-Drive .
    First time I heard that name, I thought it was about a new kind of Hard Disk… instead it is a new tale to imagine about and to ask money for…

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  2. Pingback: About fooling ourselves – and getting fooled | The Pathoskeptic

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