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NASA successfully tests engine that uses no fuel, violates the laws of physics

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Very quietly, NASA has tested a space drive that does not use propellant and according to the laws of physics should not work, according to a Thursday story in Wired.UK. The problem is that the drive, called the “Cannae Drive” by its inventor Guiddo Fetta, did work in the NASA directed test.

The Cannae Drive is apparently based on the work of a British scientist named Roger Shawyer called the EMDrive. It is said to work by bouncing microwaves in an enclosed chamber and thus creating thrust. Despite having built a number of demonstration models, Shawyer has not been able to get anyone interested in his device. Critics reject his relativity explanation for how it works and point out that it violates the conservation of motion.

However it appears that the Chinese quietly tested their own version of the EMDrive up to about 72 grams of thrust, enough to be a satellite thruster.

Breaking the laws of physics in general is not a recipe for success.

Breaking the laws of physics and not being able to explain an experiment that appears to break the laws of physics are two very different things!

Yes. The latter is not science!

feather in a vacuum!

Buttered toast on the back of a cat!

nyan butter... hmmm

Actually, Nyan is pop tarts, which taste amazing with butter.

Not sure you were making that connection, but everything tastes better with butter.

I think Wylan Choy was referring to this video.  brand concept is a lot like red bull but meh the commercial is really funny.

Yeah, the commercial is so funny I don't mind that it's a commercial. :)