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NASA confirms ‘impossible’ thruster actually works

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  1. Aug 2, 2014 #1
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  3. Aug 2, 2014 #2

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    These articles are all over the place the last couple of days. Yours appears to be a near carbon copy of an article at gizmodo, which in turn got their article from the Spanish gizmodo site, which in turn got their article from The UK Wired site. This would be better as a study in poor scientific journalism than a question about fringe science.

    Note very well: We don't discuss fringe science at this site.

    All of these articles are based on a recently presented conference paper: http://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp?R=20140006052. This is just a conference paper; we can reject it just on that basis. Conference papers do not count as peer reviewed scientific literature. What's worse, from the paper, emphasis mine,
    The authors couldn't reject the null hypothesis. This might we be just a null result, which is exactly what should be expected.


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