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Albufeira Castle

Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal: Brief Introduction

Albufeira is a Portuguese town in the district of Faro, the region and subregion of the Algarve, with around 13 600 people. The name Albufeira comes from the Arabic word البحيرة (al-Buħayra = "The lagoon").

Albufeira is home to a municipality with 140.57 kilometers ² and 38 966 people (2008 [1]), divided into 5 districts. It is bordered to the northwest by the municipality of Silves, Loulé to the northeast, and south coast has a wide to the Atlantic Ocean.

The medieval Albufeira Castle

What remains of the Castle of Albufeira in the Algarve, located in the city and parish of the same name, Municipality of Albufeira, Faro Distrit, Portugal.

Its ruins are another exemplare of Muslim military architecture in the Iberian peninsula, highlighting

At the time of the Christian reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula, after the conquest of Faro, the town of Al-buhera was conquered in 1250, by the King of Portugal, El Rey Dom Afonso III (1248-1279), and the palace and their fields donated by him to the Knights of Avis, in the person of his Master, Dom Martinho Fernandes (March 1, 1250).

Although there is no information available, it is possible that their defenses have been rebuilt. It is true that the village has developed over the centuries, since the time of The King El Rei Dom Manuel (1495-1521), received Law (August 20, 1504). Although there is also no information, their defense must have been strengthened in this period.


It is located at Street (Rua) Joaquim Pedro Samora, which was located one of the gates of the castle wall, door or North Beach.
The wall had two more doors, the main door or the Plaza, which was in the Square of the Republic and the port of St. Anne was named by giving access to the chapel of the same name, located a little lower on the right side of the current office of the Fiscal Guard. Construction that also disappeared during the earthquake of 1755. In the late eighteenth century the cult of St. Anne came to be celebrated in another church with the same name

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Internet fraudsters are raking in thousands of dollars a day with an elaborate scam selling magnetic perpetual motion machines that are claimed to produce infinite free energy.

Since spring this year an operation called Magniwork has been selling a $50 DIY guide to building a perpetual motion device at home. On their web-site the fraudsters claim the materials are available in any local hardware store for less than $100. One estimate puts sales of the guide as high as 5,000 copies a month, making the scam worth up to $3m a year.

The claims for Magniwork are advanced via an extensive Google advertising campaign, and a network of blogs, web-sites and reviews endorsing the product. They are given further credibility by a clip of film from Sky News Australia about plans for a similar product made by a legitimate if optimistic research company called Lutec. Lutec patented its technology in 19 countries in 1999, but the product has still not seen the light of day. Off-Grid has discovered that the clip is over 8 years old.

Perpetual motion machine

Magniwork which describes its product as ‘a magnetic power generator’ claims to have invented a revolutionary off-grid power source that uses magnets to “power itself and create energy by itself, without requiring solar energy, heat, water, coal or any kind of resource.” The web-site promises the device will generate perpetual energy which will “fully power your home for free.”

However even the idea of such a device is dismissed by trained physicists. “The little explanation they give on their website makes no sense to me,” said Gunnar Pruessner, a lecturer in physics at Imperial College London. “For starters it breaks with all we know about quantum physics since Dirac, which says that we cannot tap into zero point fluctuations or virtual particles.”

Priceless IP

He observed that if the claims were true, they would mark the biggest advance in science ever. “It would bring a world-wide socio-economic revolution with incalculable political consequences. So you have to ask why are they scuzzing around selling their priceless IP (intellectual property) for a few dollars?”

Made in Macedonia

The site gives no way of contacting Magniwork -other than to order the guide. But its legal disclaimer reveals that despite the .com web address which suggests a US-based company, Magniwork is in fact located in Macedonia, a tiny republic on the northern border of Greece in Europe. “This Agreement shall all be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of Macedonia applicable to agreements made and to be performed in Macedonia,” it reads. It has similarly proved difficult to identify the individuals behind the scheme. But one researcher claims to have written to the site’s web-master who referred in his reply to a man simply called “Igor”, the manual’s publisher.

Kernel of truth

Angry customers admit that the guide does contain kernels of truth. “Some of the suggestions in the e-book can reduce your home power consumption. For example, checking for air leaks, have better home insulation, servicing your air-conditioning unit or heate etc,”wrote one. But is it essentially amateurish and misleading, they say. “The whole “document” is 57 pages long and looks like something a kid in high school put together. The final “generator” is basically a magnet that is 2″ high sitting on a turntable that is 4″ high! They claim that its output is 24.5 Watts! That is 1/100th of what my house uses when the AC is on. It wouldn’t put out enough power to light up a standard light bulb,“ wrote another angry blogger. Fraudulent

Alternative energy expert Sterling D. Allan founder of The New Energy Congress has examined Magniwork’s claims. “Most of the 50+ page manual contains energy conservation tips that are based on well-established principles,” he said. But he points out that plans for the device are freely available elsewhere, they are based on other people’s work and he claims to have tried to contact people offering testimonials, without success. “The wording on their site still gives the reader the idea that the plans will result in a working free energy device but that is not the case. Such representation is fraud,” he concluded.

Although highly implausible, the idea of somehow harvesting magnetic power has intrigued scientists for over a century. It was first suggested by pioneering physicist Nicola Tesla in the nineteenth century. Australian company Lutec is still trying to perfect such a device. And U.S based based Magnetic Power Inc, headed by Mark Goldes, has claimed to be on the verge of launching a ‘Magnetic Power Module’ for at least six years. There is no suggestion that either Lutec or MPI are part of the scam.