Humanity is moving forward thanks to inventions. But it is they who are changing human civilization.
Nevertheless, in our history there have been several significant inventions, whose potential has remained unclaimed. But these inventions could significantly change our world.
Electric vehicles. This story is a classic example of how a useful invention was simply not allowed to come true. General Motors has created the EV1 electric car, about which the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? This model of an electric machine was the first in the world to be mass produced. The manufacturer produced about 800 copies, leasing them back in the late 1990s. However, General Motors in 1999 completely curtailed this production. It was reported that consumers were not happy with the limited mileage due to the capacity of the batteries. Thus, further production seemed unprofitable. However, today there is growing evidence that the project was buried under pressure from oil companies. After all, they were the ones who suffered the most if such economical cars conquered the market. Who would need gasoline then? Eventually, General Motors recalled all EV1 vehicles and destroyed them. Someone made sure the technology died.
The death of an American tram. In 1921, tram transport flourished. In one year alone, he brought in about a billion dollars. However, this meant a shortfall of $ 65 million for General Motors. To remedy the situation, the company bought and then closed hundreds of independent tram lines. This gave the green light to the growth of the gas-guzzling car and bus market. Although recently the revival of public transport has been topical in megalopolises, there is no need to talk about the revival of trams.
Lost Teen Wolf. This car impressed with its economical fuel consumption. Only 2.4 liters were required per 100 kilometers. It would seem that this is exactly what the automotive industry required! The technology was developed several years ago, but manufacturers simply do not allow it to enter the automotive market. But back in 2000, the New York Times reported this amazing event. It turned out that the diesel Volkswagen Lupo was able to travel around the world with a record average fuel consumption. The wolf car was sold in Europe in 1998-2005. However, automakers have managed to push the model out of the market. In America, it has been argued, consumers do not want small, economical cars.
Free energy. The personality of Nikola Tesla is very significant for science. We are just beginning to understand his inventions today. Tesla was a genius from God, as even hairy metalheads in the 80s realized when they named their group after him. Today it is already known that in 1899 the scientist came up with a way to do without power plants and power lines. After all, such objects are engaged in the processing of natural resources. Tesla proved that electrical oscillations can be caused by ionization in the upper atmosphere. Thus, you can get free energy for human needs. This discovery confused J.P. Morgan, who funded Tesla's work. After all, free energy did not promise any benefit, then who should be billed for consumed electricity? And Morgan closed this project, getting rid of the rest of the investors along the way. So greedy industrialists destroyed Nikola Tesla's bright dream.
A miracle cure for cancer. In 2001, Canadian Rick Simpson suddenly saw how a cancerous spot on his skin disappeared in just a few days, thanks to the use of hemp oil. Thanks to this recipe, Simpson, together with like-minded people, has already cured thousands of cancer patients. Scientists in Spain have scientifically proven that the active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol contained in cannabis kills brain cancer cells in tested people. This gives hope for a successful fight against tumors of the liver, breast and pancreas. But in the United States, the local FDA has placed cannabis on the # 1 Drug List because it is the basis for marijuana production. This means that such a drug cannot be used in medicine, in contrast to those on the list # 2. It even includes methamphetamine and cocaine, which are believed to be beneficial.
Transport with water fuel. Few people know that there are amazing cars that use water as fuel. The most famous such car is the Meyer's Wall sand buggy. He was able to travel as much as 100 miles on 1 gallon of fuel. He invented a method that decomposes water into oxygen and hydrogen, using 3 times less energy than released after combustion of the resulting components. He calculated that modern internal combustion engines could be upgraded to the new technology for as little as $ 1,500. Only now the spread of the invention was prevented by the fact that the engineer himself, at the age of 57, suspiciously suddenly died of a brain aneurysm. Conspiracy theories immediately appeared, saying that Meyer was simply poisoned after he refused to stop his research and sell the patents already received to large companies. In an effort to avoid persecution, Meyer's colleagues began to conduct semi-underground activities, and the famous buggy itself disappeared somewhere. We can only hope that the amphibious vehicle will someday surface, changing the face of transport.
Chronovisor. Who would refuse a device that can look into the future and return to the past? But this is possible not only in science fiction films like Back to the Future. Italian pastor Father Pellegrino Maria Ernetti claimed back in the 1960s that he had invented something similar. He called his device Chronovisor, he even managed to show the crucifixion of Christ. Thanks to the setting for residual vibrations, the device allowed viewers to see any events from the history of mankind. After all, all the actions performed have an energy trace that does not disappear immediately. I must say that a whole group of scientists helped the inventor, including Enrico Fermi himself, famous for his work on the first atomic bomb. Already dying, this scientist admitted that he nevertheless invented the pictures of Ancient Greece and Christ. True, Fermi argued that the Chronovisor still existed and worked. True, by that time the unique device had disappeared somewhere. Conspiracy theorists believe that the Chronovisor ended up in the vaults of the Vatican, which is in no hurry to reveal the secrets of mankind.
Rife's invention. Royal Rife was an American inventor. In 1934, he was able to cure 14 cancer patients and hundreds of other animals by simply directing the beams of his device at what he called the "cancer virus." However, that useful device remained unclaimed. In 1986, Barry Lines and John Crane published The Cancer Cure That Worked: Fifty Years of Silence. She shed light on that invention. The book is written in a conspiratorial manner. Names, dates, places and events are so intertwined, and historical facts are so messed up with conjectures, that the untrained reader can only believe it. After all, only a whole army of researchers, which will receive unlimited resources at their disposal, can unravel this tangle of information and get to the bottom of the truth. The authors of the book write that in 1934 Rife was indeed able to demonstrate the successful operation of his healing device. However, in an attempt to publish, all information about this and the description of the methods was heavily censored by the American Medical Association (AMA). In 1953, a special investigation was carried out by the US Senate. The authorities concluded that the AMA leadership entered into a direct collusion with the Food and Drug Administration in order to hide alternative sources of cancer treatment. After all, Rife's invention clearly contradicted the fundamental position of the AMA, according to which cancer can be successfully treated only with the help of surgery, radium or X-rays.
"Milking" of clouds. In 1953, Maine suffered a drought. She directly threatened the blueberry harvest. Then several farmers turned to the famous scientist Wilhelm Reich for help. This Austrian and American psychologist cultivated the original idea of the existence of a universal life energy - orgone. The farmers asked Reich to make them rain. Such a strange request did not frighten the scientist. On July 6, 1953, at 10 am, he began his experiment. It must be said that, according to forecasts of weather forecasters, rain was not expected either on that day, or on any of the subsequent ones. What happened next was described by the Bangor Daily News. Dr. Reich, along with his assistants, set up a device on the shores of the Great Lake. The device consisted of several hollow tubes that were suspended over a small cylinder. An electric cable ran to them. This device worked on the appearance of rain for about 70 minutes. Sources from Ellsworth showed that already on the evening of July 6 and early the next morning, climate change was outlined in the town. At 22 o'clock a light rain began, which intensified by midnight. Precipitation continued throughout the night, and by morning a water level of 6 mm was recorded in Ellsworth. An eyewitness to that experiment noted that clouds began to form soon after the experiments began. At the same time, the clouds looked rather strange. The same eyewitness said that by adjusting the device, scientists also managed to change the direction of the wind. Thanks to Reich, the blueberry harvest was saved. The farmers were satisfied, and the scientist received his reward.
Perpetual motion machine. The invention of a perpetual motion machine has excited the minds of researchers throughout the past century. And they did not take into account the science that proved the impossibility of its existence. All inventors have tried to come up with a motor that would generate more energy than it needs to work. True, the allegedly successful inventions, in this case, only brought problems. Working prototypes did not reach the production stage. They were seriously opposed by both corporate and government forces. Detective events were played out around successful inventions - people died, documents disappeared. Blackmail, threats, abductions were used. The latest example is the Lutec 100 "power amplifier", which is aiming for a commercial version. We will soon find out if it will be possible to purchase such a unit or if the project will be abandoned.
Cold nuclear fusion. Humanity has spent billions of dollars on research into the production of energy through hot fusion. But this requires rather risky experiments with unpredictable results. And lone inventors, along with marginal scientists from universities, are getting closer to the possibility of cold fusion. It is much more manageable and stable, only the authorities allocate much less funds for such experiments. In 1989, Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons announced that they had made the discovery and were able to carry out cold fusion in a glass vessel in their laboratory. The reaction of the scientific community to this news was extremely cool. In its 60 Minutes program, CBS said that well-sponsored hot fusion advocates literally kicked competitors abroad and out of the scientific community. For several years, scientists have completely lost funding, and their search for clean energy has ceased.
Hot nuclear fusion. It must be said that the emotional scientific community can hound not only the idea of cold fusion. At the Los Alamos lab, a couple of physicists worked for decades on a hot fusion project in a tokamak. This is the name of a toroidal chamber with magnetic coils. By chance, scientists have discovered another, cheaper and safer method of obtaining energy. It was based on the collision of atoms. However, the leadership of the laboratory forced its scientists to abandon research under the threat of dismissal. The fact is that the new method could deprive Los Alamos of the state funding that went to the tokamak. Over time, the researchers created a private Focal Synthesis Society, which collects donations to conduct its own research without government interference.
Magnetofunk and Himmelkompass. It is said that during World War II, Nazi scientists conducted secret research at a secret base in the Arctic. They were trying to create a Magnetofunk radio magnet. Such an invention made it possible to deflect the magnetic arrows of the compasses of enemy planes looking for the secret Point 103. The pilots would think that they were flying in a straight line, but in fact they would have flown around the Nazi base without realizing the deception. Another secret invention, the Himmelkompass heavenly compass, enabled German navigators to navigate not by the magnetic force fields, but by the position of the sun. This made it possible to find the very Point 103 even with a working radio magnet. Former SS officer Wilhelm Langig claimed that the two devices were heavily guarded. What happened to them after the end of the war remains a mystery.
Harmless cigarettes. In the 1960s, tobacco manufacturer Liggett @ Myers created an unusual product called XA. These were cigarettes, from which almost all carcinogens were removed. According to the case file of the city and county of San Francisco against the tobacco giant Phillip Morris, Inc., he threatened to destroy Liggett @ Myers. This information was confirmed by L @ M's director of science, Dr. James Mold. The giant company demanded non-disclosure of data on the harmful effects of smoking. An advertisement for a safe alternative means would clearly indicate the dangers of using tobacco products. The suit was dismissed for formal reasons, while Phillip Morris itself never again raised the topic of its accusations. But there were studies of controlled scientists who talked about the increase in the number of cancer cells in mice that were exposed to smoke from XA. In response, Liggett @ Myers officially stated that there is no evidence of the onset of cancer due to the use of their product.
TENS. The name of this device stands for a device for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. TENS was created in order to soften the pain impulses of the human body without the use of drugs. In 1974, StimTech, one of the first TENS manufacturers, was sold to Johnson @ Johnson. They quickly managed to suspend the project, simply by limiting its funding. Stimtech even sued, claiming that the big giant is purposefully destroying a promising technology. After all, it could reduce sales of the main drug of the chemical concern, Tylenol, where the main active ingredient is paracetamol.However, at the hearing, representatives of Johnson @ Johnson said that the device has never demonstrated the declared performance, it is generally unprofitable. The founders of StimTech were even able to sue 170 million, although that decision was later appealed and canceled on formal grounds. But the court's decision that the giant company created obstacles for the implementation of the TENS program was never refuted by anyone.
The Phoebus Cartel. In 1945, Time magazine published a scandalous material. It was alleged that in 1924-1939, major companies such as Osram, Phillips and General Electric conspired to take control of the emerging production of electric lamps. This cartel artificially inflated prices and suppressed competing technologies. But they made it possible to create lamps with a long service life and much more economical. When the collusion ended, the industry standard for an artificial light source - an incandescent lamp - had already been approved in Europe and North America. Compact fluorescent lamps entered the global lighting market only in the late 1990s.
Coral castle. It is unclear how Ed Leedskalnin was able to single-handedly build the huge Coral Castle of Homemstead, Florida. After all, large blocks weighing 30 tons lay at the base of the structure. This Latvian emigrant did not use any heavy equipment and outside help. There are many theories about this. They talk about the use of magnetic resonance, anti-gravity devices, or even the help of aliens. However, there is still no answer. Leedskalnin died in 1951 without leaving any plans or written clues about his methods of work. Today, his Coral Castle has become a museum open to the public. Its main element is the 9-ton entrance gate, which once could be opened only by pushing it with your hand. But in the 1980s, the bearings were worn out, and it took a team of 5 people a week to fix them. In the end, they still could not achieve the smoothness of work that was originally from Lidskalnin's creation.
Hemp biofuel. It is believed that one of the most ardent fans of hemp seeds was George Washington himself, the founder of the United States. But he said that he simply did not know how to lie. Cannabis is still a harassed plant in the United States, although it shouldn't be associated solely with marijuana. The state, under the yoke of slander, erects numerous barriers to the cultivation of a useful culture. After all, it could become the leading tool in the extraction of ethanol. And so this industry is at the mercy of environmentally harmful sources, such as corn. But for processing hemp you need less water, chemicals, and in general costs. Nevertheless, such an idea never received distribution. Experts place the blame on politicians who, in pursuit of votes, are trying to please the large Iowa corn producers.