Talk:MIT researchers explore method of transferring electricity wirelessly

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Very likely bogus[edit]

Neither news article cites any sources other than quoting Prof Soljacic - and he says he has not begun research in earnest. The professor's *homepage says that he generally studies optics, although the quotes give no such hint as to the energy transfer medium. Resonance is not exactly a new phenomenon, indeed there can never be energy transfer from a field to a device (such as a radio) unless the device is designed with some sort of resonator (this is called an antenna). As the articles don't even mention the inverse square law or the challenges associated with gaussian beams, this is simply a puff piece and publicity stunt by a fresh professor likely desperate for his first grant. 74.134.225.65 01:42, 19 November 2006 (UTC)

He did get two news sources (though I wonder if one reworked the other's material), so as regards puff, I am impressed with his PR achievement. As usual for articles about physics, it is too vague to know whether he has anything or not, so it is disappointing that neither source article mentions seeking opinion from other physicists.
Consider putting a {{disputed}} tag in the article. --InfantGorilla 02:05, 19 November 2006 (UTC)