2017-12-12 23:11:27 UTC
Yes, zombie physics cannot last long:
Leonard: "I know I said physics is dead, but it is the opposite of dead. If anything, it is undead, like a zombie."
I sent this comment to Hossenfelder's blog but she did not approve it of course:
Let me only add that while insignificant research is thriving, potential major breakthroughs remain unnoticed, as if Orwell's "crimestop" is totally obeyed nowadays. Here is a perpetual-motion machine of the second kind announced, somewhat euphemistically, by the University of Arkansas - the scientific community couldn't be more silent:
"A Potential Source of Clean, Limitless Energy"
The same story in 2002:
Nature 2002: "Second law broken. Researchers have shown for the first time that, on the level of thousands of atoms and molecules, fleeting energy increases violate the second law of thermodynamics. [...] They found that over periods of time less than two seconds, variations in the random thermal motion of water molecules occasionally gave individual beads a kick. This increased the beads' kinetic energy by a small but significant amount, in apparent violation of the second law." http://www.nature.com/news/2002/020722/full/news020722-2.html
Scientific American 2002: "Second Law of Thermodynamics Violated. [...] ...the water molecules interacted with the bead in such a way that energy was transferred from the liquid to the bead. These additional kicks used the random thermal motion of the water to do the work of moving the bead, in effect yielding something for nothing. For periods of movement lasting less than two seconds, the bead was almost as likely to gain energy from the water as it was to add energy to the reservoir, the investigators say." https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/second-law-of-thermodynam/