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prion
August 25th, 2008, 10:45 AM
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/sciencenotfiction/2008/08/25/money-and-energy-for-nothing/

Money (and Energy) for Nothing

On the TV series Stargate Atlantis, the current installment from the Stargate
franchise, a device small enough to be held in your hands provides the energy
for an entire city. Called a Zero Point Module, the device glows with golden
light and produces an almost unlimited supply of clean energy. But it seems
that the ZPM is an unrealistic little gizmo because it somehow creates energy
from… well, nothing, and therefore, the thing belongs in a prop room shelved
somewhere between the Flux Capacitor and the One Ring. But what if it was real?

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Frontastic
August 25th, 2008, 12:12 PM
It never ceases to amaze me when some impossible sci-fi device has some sort of down-graded real world version but...a real life ZPM! Brilliant!

Dark lord me
August 25th, 2008, 12:42 PM
Sweet so were making ZPM's now wicked

The_Belgian
August 25th, 2008, 01:29 PM
It is a fact that energy can form fom "nothing"
only, so far the only thing we can get out of a vacuum is 1 foton

that is a little less than a zpm

prion
August 25th, 2008, 02:32 PM
It never ceases to amaze me when some impossible sci-fi device has some sort of down-graded real world version but...a real life ZPM! Brilliant!

when they can get one to power your car and heat your house, we can toss out heating oil and gas! :)

Frontastic
August 26th, 2008, 06:00 AM
when they can get one to power your car and heat your house, we can toss out heating oil and gas! :)

Just don't overload it or there could be...complications. :D

Zatarc
August 26th, 2008, 03:21 PM
Well, the idea of vacuum energy isn't anything new. It isn't energy from nothing, it's something to do with the vibrations of the universe, isn't it?

PG15
August 26th, 2008, 04:07 PM
Close enough. In a quantum system (i.e. the universe), you cannot reach 0 energy; there will always be a ground state that will have a finite amount of energy that, I suppose, you can tap into.

ichigo121873
August 28th, 2008, 05:33 AM
galaxy on orions belt... remember the cat's belt? Men in Black.... Thats more than a ZPM. So... ZPM is a Big BS. :)