How the process might kill cancer
 1.Tiny carbon particles are introduced into the patient. These nanoparticles are taken up by cancer cells. 	    
 2. Radio waves concentrated on the cancerous region bombard the carbon nanoparticles causing them to heat up.This temperature increase kills the cancerous cells but leaves healthy cells unharmed.

Fire from water:How the process might work
 1.A vessel of salt water is placed inside a radio emitter. 
Water molecules contain two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen, hence the name H2O.
 2.When the emitter is activated, the water is bombarded with radio waves. 
The full process - and the role salt plays in it - is not fully understood but it is thought that the radio waves destroy the bonds that hold the hydrogen and oxygen atoms together. 
 3.With their bonds broken, the oxgen and hydrogen molecules are free to leave the vessel. Since both these molecules are flammable, the resulting gas will burn when ignited.

Few things are guaranteed in this life; day follows night, a clean white shirt attracts ketchup and quoits will never become a mainstream sport. But, of all the universal truths, the most immutable is that water does not burn. Or does it? Well, apparently, under certain circumstances it can do just that and - if the hype is to be believed soon the world will be powered by water.

John Kanzius, a former TV and radio engineer and leukaemia sufferer, believed radio waves could be used to cure cancer. He designed and built a transinitter that could focus high- frequency radio waves into the human body and target cancerous growths. His idea was to inject tiny carbon particles into a tumour which, when struck by the radio waves, would heat up to such a degree that cancerous cells would be killed.

It was during the development of the transmitter that he discovered a bizarre side effect - the radio waves could make water burn.He found that, when he blasted a test tube of salt water with the radio waves, it gave off a gas which, when ignited, burned at more than l,600°C (2,9l2°F).

The discovery has sparked a frenzy of Internet speculation as to its potential as a revolutionary fuel, capable of running your car and providing clean energy for all. Mr Kanzius has even demonstrated an engine running on nothing but 'burning water'. Last week, scientists at Pennsylvania State University confirmed the device does indeed seem to work. But how?

It seems that the radio waves break the bond between hydrogen and oxygen atoms in the water and allowing them to escape as a gas which, as long as it remains in the field, can be burned. Whether or not this discovery could be tuned to any practical use remains to be seen. Sceptics argue that far more energy is used breaking the oxygen- hydrogen bonds than could ever be recovered by burning the by-product.

If it did work, however, not only would Mr Kanzius have discovered the ultimate clean fuel but also have invented a perpetual motion machine. Because the onlly exhaust by-product of the device would be H2O - the hydrogen recombines with oxygen and turns back into water - an engine run using this process would have an endless supply of fuel and thus would never require refuelling. A cure for cancer and an answer to the fuel crisis and global warming all in one device? Happy days indeed!

[Metro 21Sep,2007]


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