Salt water, as we all know, is probably the most plentiful natural resource on the planet. While doing cancer research, one inventor accidentally discovered a way to “burn” salt water as a fuel.
If harnessed correctly, some scientists claim that this finding has the potential to solve our gas crisis.
As amazing as this news clip makes this discovery seem, the reality is that the invention will probably never see the light of day. John Kanzius, the inventor, unfortunately died in February of this year; leaving his work unfinished. Since then, some scientists have even debated the usefulness of the discovery.
While it appears that the salt water is burning, it isn’t physically possible. What you are really seeing is the separation of sodium chloride into hydrogen and oxygen and the burning of those elements. Philip Ball, a science writer, has criticized the media for it’s lack of research and has stated that “water does not burn” and “is not a fuel.”