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'Perpetual motion' battery operates continuously in Romanian museum since 1950

• Terrence Aym
For more than three centuries inventors—usually crackpots—have sought the elusive fantasy of a perpetual motion machine. Now investigators of an amazing object stuck in the dusty corners of an obscure Romanian museum may have found the next best thing: a perpetual battery. Whether a battery that has operated continuously since 1950 without a recharge can be termed perpetual may be open to debate, yet the fact remains that the remarkable device has never ceased working and doesn't look like it's about to give up the ghost anytime soon.

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