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Vila Real de Santo António

Vila Real de Santo Antonio is a Portuguese city of Faro district, region of the Algarve, situated in the end o Ria Formosa Natural Park with around 10 500 inhabitants.

It is home to a small municipality with 57.53 kilometers ² and 17 956 inhabitants (2001), divided into 3 parishes. It is one of the few municipalities in Portugal territorially discontinuous (the others are Montijo, Castro Daire and Soure), divided in the western, the town of Vila Nova de Cacela, and an eastern portion, where the city lies is Monte Gordo . The eastern part is bordered to the north and west by the municipality of Castro Marim, on the east by the Guadiana River, which defines the border with Spain, the municipality of Ayamonte and the south coast is the Atlantic Ocean, the western part is bordered to the north and east by Castro Marim, Tavira to the west and south coast is the Atlantic Ocean.

This strategic area at the mouth of the Guadiana river was probably used by the Phoenicians and Carthaginians many years before the birth of Christ.

But the modern Vila Real de Santo Antonio is designed and built in the eighteenth century, under the directions of the powerful Marquês de Pombal, who wanted to make it a fishing port model.

The Pombal style is visible in the urban archtecture, and particulary, in the main square, named in honor of its founder.

Today, the town is a tourist and commercial center, especially for its location near the border of

Spain, only the Guadiana river separates the province of Andalusia.

For a long time, ferries carrying passengers and vehicles from Vila Real to the Spanish town of Ayamonte, but now almost all the traffic is done by a bridge built a few years ago, and there are no border controls.

Cancela Velha is a small village of fishermen's houses perched on a cliff overlooking the sea, quiet

and unspoilt by tourism.

In contrast, Monte Gordo is a holiday resort popular with a crowd of visitors at Easter and summer to look for its restaurants, bars and small casino.

It has a huge expanse of beach, a bay of warm waters that also bordered the vast dunes of Manta Rota, Praia Verde and Alagoas.

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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.