In IEEE Spectrum, there is an article on a revolutionary new power source. “Randell Mills, founder of BlackLight Power, says his reactor liberates energy from hydrogen in a totally new way.” Sound a little suspicious? A little more from the article…
Mills is unfazed by the criticism, having faced down the physics establishment since he first put forward his hydrino theory some 20 years ago. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, he veered into physics after taking some courses at MIT in the late 1980s. His theory has been evolving since then. Not only does it explicitly reject quantum mechanics as it is currently understood, it also attempts to explain physics and chemistry “from the scale of quarks to cosmos,” as Mills puts it. Unlike quantum theory’s statistical approach, his theory is completely deterministic.
You can read about it all in his magnum opus, The Grand Unified Theory of Classical Physics, a 1771‑page work that he’s self-published on his Web site. It claims to offer explanations with no “spookiness or weirdness” for quantum phenomena like entanglement, as well as some extraordinary predictions: that under certain conditions electrons acquire antigravity properties, which Mills calls “the fifth force,” and that the mysterious dark matter permeating the universe consists of large hydrino agglomerations.
The thing that makes this smell more than anything else, even apart from the lack of truly independent analysis and the self-published new unified theory, is the financial angle. If this technology were really as revolutionary and successful as he says it is, I would like to think that most people with that knowledge would abandon the commercial upside, give away the IP, and get this out there and being used as quickly as possible. He could still be famous, and probably rich, but be a hero at the same time. In my world, holding back on disclosing technology that could solve significant global energy problems makes you a colossal and selfish prick. So, global asshole, or charlatan in a caravan selling snake oil? Spectrum seems to have made the call.