Discussion Thread on the "Massless Charge" Perpetual Motion Machine

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Imagine a massless (or very light-weight) charge that is glued to a rod undergoing sinusoidal motion along an axis. The acceleration of this charge produces electromagnetic waves, which can be harvested for energy, and this energy can be used to power the continued sinusoidal motion as well as New York City.

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It will take a little bit more energy to make the rod oscillate when the charge is attached, compensating for the EM wave produced. There is no free lunch.

Note that we do not discuss "free energy" or perpetual motion scenarios on PF.

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