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Algarve Natural Wonders Odiáxere River Lagos

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Tourist Guide of the traveler in the Algarve, Viewpoints, Natural parks, beaches, rivers, wonders and places of interest in the Algarve

The stream of Odiáxere, Lagos, Algarve

The stream of Odiáxere is part of the Natural Park of Ria de Alvor, is one of the beautiful shores of the Algarve, but the stream of Odiáxere is almost unknown, even for those who live here ...

The stream of Odiáxere rises in the Serra de Monchique in the area of Marmelete, supplies the Bravura dam, and have a catchment area of 160 km2, nearly 30 km long, passing through Odiáxere and its mouth in the estuary of the Ria de Alvor, between Meia Praia and Alvor.

The Bravura Dam, built in Monte da Bravura is the 5th largest dam in the Algarve, with 41 meters deep and a capacity of 35 million cubic meters of water, have three islands inside the dam, in addition, supply water for irrigation of the fields around and supply water for municipalities of Portimão and Lagos.


With an average slope of 1.8% the Odiáxere river slopes vegetation are very developed, and must be emphasized the oleander, the rush, the cat-tail marsh grass and can not do without reference to fauna, the Bonelli eagle and the Monarch butterfly.


Meet the Odeáxere river and know more about the wonders and natural beauty of the unknown Algarve.

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Loulé Algarve Unknown Wonders Ribeira de Algibre

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Ribeira (small river) de Algibre

Down through hills and valleys, we find the Ribeira de Algibre. Located

inside the Municipality of Loulé, the river rises in the Serra do Caldeirão, a beautifull natural park, in the area of Salir, then cross the Fonte (Water source Benémola (around 5Km from here) (see video), and joins with the river of Mercês who born in Fonte Filipe, near Cerro dos Negros Mountais, (all 3 inside the Tipical parish of Querença 6km from here), then in the Quinta da Ombria, together forming the Ribeira da Tôr, in the parish of Tôr (around 3 to 4Km from here) to later be called Ribeira Algibre, joining with the Ribeira de Alte and Ribeira de Paderne, leading to the Ribeira de Quarteira.

This river, press for a beauty and a rare beauty.Along the banks can cover different kinds of herbs, hear the singing of birds and enjoy a paradise and relaxing environment.

Nearby (Between 10 and 20mn drive): Querença, Loulé Albufeira, Faro, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura

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Alte Church Loulé Algarve Portugal Monuments RoadMap

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Alte Church, Alte, Loulé, Algarve, Portugal Monuments

The Church of Alte, is in the parish of Alte, Loulé council. Dedicated to Nossa Senhora da Assunção (Our Lady of the Assumption), dating back to the thirteenth century, or earlier. Its construction has been ordered by the wife of the second Lord of Alte, so thanks to the return of the husband, who returned the from Eighth Crusade to Palestine.

It is believed that this church, an ancient mosque was adapted. See the similarities of the architecture of this church, with the Church of Querença and Loulé Mother Church (ancient Mosques).

The church was refurbished in the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, presenting currently an interior composed of three naves separated by arches, supported by strong columns. The biggest highlight is bound to the beautiful vault, tiled eighteenth-century blue and white.

The gilded altarpieces of the chapels of Our Lady of Mount Caramel, Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Francis contrasts with the color-glazed tiles that decorate the Chapel of St. Sebastian. Beautiful images of Santa Teresa, the seventeenth century, and Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Margaret, the eighteenth century, complete the decoration of the church.

Nearby (Between 20 and 30mn drive): Olhão, Albufeira, Faro, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loulé, Querença, Tavira and Spain

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Inside Unknown Algarve São Marcos da Serra

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São Marcos da Serra


The parish of São Marcos da Serra is located in the northern part of the Municipality of Silves, bordering the south Alentejo at North. Place of ancient occupation, the parish of S. Marcos da Serra has been populated since ancient times, as evidenced by various findings, including the burial site of Sapeira and the Monte Branco Site, dating back to the I and II centuries, respectively.

The places, names of Arabic origin - Alcaria, Benafátima and Courte Mourão attest to the Arab occupation of the area.
Overlooking the town is the Church that goes back to the XVII, time of the Baptismal vassel manueline style.
Inside it deserves emphasizes the Baroque altar of the chapel.

In the church square, at northwest side, deserves see the ancient fireplace Algarve XVII century, the emblematic ex-libris of this parish. The chimneys are a reference point for the beauty of the Algarve its tracery, with different formats and always clearly visible in the upper house.

Through its rich fauna and wild flora, the clear mountain village of rural life represents something authentic and unique. Between hills and mountains we find villages, like the parish of Querença, that
transport us back to another time, where we can find authentic products such as honey and cork.
Land of simple people, humble and affable, dominated by the agriculture and livestock.

Nearby (30mn drive): Portimão, Faro, Albufeira, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loulé, Querença

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Algarve Lagos Monumental Roadmap El Rei Dom Sebastião Statue

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El Rei Dom Sebastião Statue

Located in the Praça (square) Gil Eanes, this sculpture was done by João Cutileiro. Inaugurated in 1972, perpetuates the memory of the King El Rey Dom Sebastão who promoted Lagos to city in 1573 and from here, in 1578, he went to the conquest of Alcazarquivir where he died in that fatal expedition to Morocco.

Around the disappearance of King it grows the "Myth of Sebastian" which lasted for the history, literature and philosophy of the Portuguese until today. The people refused to face the tragic and fatal destiny of the king, believed that he would come back in fog.

Nearby (30mn drive): Portimão, Faro, Albufeira, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loulé, Querença

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Algarve Portimão Monumental Roadmap Morabito of São João

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Marabitos of São João (St. John) and São Pedro (St. Peter)


Morabitos are cubic shape tempels with a spherical dome that evoke the Muslims morabitos, used as burial sites of ascetics.The Marabito of São João (St. John) is the largest and is located in the cemetery. In one of its facades, reads in Latin: "Ego sum vox clamantis in the desert".The Marabito of São Pedro (St. Peter) is near the cemetery and there is still a third morabito, attached to the Mother Church of Alvor, which serves as a vestry.

Nearby (30mn drive): Lagos, Faro, Albufeira, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loulé, Querença

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Algarve Monuments And Panoramic View São Miguel Chapel

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Chapel of St. Michael

The Chapel of St. Michael, is located on the northern slope of Cerro de São Miguel Mountain.
According to legend, the Chapel of St. Michael, was built by Prince Henry and received the name of
his favorite saint, because the Cerro de São Miguel Mountain, was the first point of Portuguese land that he saw when the return of the conquest of Ceuta. Arguably, this chapel there at least since the sixth century XVI and it occurred festivals and promises of payments to the nineteenth century.

The Chapel provides a beautiful view of São Brás do Alportel, and the possibility of picnic tables in stone. Inside are some old pictures of Our Lady.

Open every third Sunday of each month, by 17 h, for the celebration of mass.
Also at Christmas, it is customary to celebrate the Mass of the Rooster.

From the top of Cerro de São Miguel Mountain, we can see Albufeira, Faro, Olhão, Tavira, the Andalusia territory of Spain. The view is magnificent.

Nearby (Between 20 and 30mn drive): Olhão, Albufeira, Faro, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loulé, Querença, Tavira and Spain

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Inside Algarve Wonders Foupana Steam

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Ribeira da Foupana (Foupana Steam)


The Ribeira da Foupana, is a river over 60 km long, part of the Via Algarviana. Born in the hills of the place of Cortiçada and Pero d'Elvas, inside Serra do Caldeirão Mountais (NorthEast of Querença), is nearby Corte Serrano, Mestras, Barrada, Pero Dias, Santa Justa, Alcaria Queimada, Vaqueiros, Soudres, Palmeira and Tenência (among other mountain villages) and flows into the valley of Odeleite, The Ribeira da Foupana, is part of the landscape of the Guadiana River and adjacent Streams. This water line of exceptional landscape value, is a landscape where we can observe an open valley, with several curves that the steam does during is course,until its end. The Foupana steam divide the Municipalities of  Alcoutim and Castro Marim and is one of the main steams of the Guadiana river.


In ancient times, the banks of the steam was used for the water mills, since it was necessary to transform the grain into flour. Tis is part of the other Algarve, less known and much quiet and deserves to be visited.


Nearby (between 40mn to 60mn drive): Silves, Faro, Albufeira, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loulé, Querença


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Pre Historical Village on the border of Algarve with Alentejo

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Pre Historical Village on the border of Algarve with Alentejo

Palheiros de Veio, consists in primitive structures of circular shape, made of stone covered with thatch, can be found in the Monte Branco (Mont Blanc) of Vascão in the village of São Barnabé(Saint Barnabas), county of Almodovar, Beja district.

St. Barnabas is a village situated in a valley in the Serra do Caldeirão mountains, in the border of the municipality of Almodovar with the municipality of Loulé (border of the Algarve with Alentejo), 50 km away from the typical village of Querença.



How to came here?
See on the map below

Nearby (between 40mn to 60mn drive): Silves, Faro, Albufeira, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loulé, Querença

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Algarve Beaches Praia de Faro Island

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Praia de Faro island beach, Faro, Algarve

The beach of Faro, also known as Ilha de Faro


The beach of Faro, is located near the Faro airport, inside the Natural Park of Ria Formosa, in Ancão zone, next to Quinta do Lago and Ludo.The access to the island of Faro is throu Montenegro road, turning on the right in Faro airport cross road, then 2 km more you cross the island bridge, and youre there.

See the Road Map below.

The access to the other islands it is only by boat. There are links from Olhão during all the year and from Faro in the summer, during this trip about 30 minutes you can

enjoy the beauty of the Ria Formosa and the diverse wildlife that inhabits this protected area. On both islands there are restaurants where you can apreciate the typical dishes of the Algarve and the wide variety of seafood.

Nearby (between 15 and 30mn carro): Faro, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loulé, Querença, Albufeira, Olhão

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Praia da Galé Beach Albufeira Algarve Portugal

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Praia da Galé Beach, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

The beach at Gale is less than a quarter of an hour's drive from Albufeira, near the Praia do Castelo, near the Lagoa dos Salgados and about 10 minutes drive from Armação de Pêra. The beach at Gale is great to spend an afternoon.The beach of Galé a golden sandy beach where you can enjoy numerous activities and practice nautical sports. If you like walking, you can stroll along the beach.

Nearby (30mn drive): Faro, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loulé, Querença


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The Azores Islands

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The Azores Islands

The Azores, officially known as the Azores autonomous Islands. are a transcontinental archipelago and an autonomous territory of the Portuguese Republic, located in the northeast Atlantic, with  political and administrative autonomy embodied in the Political Administrative Region of the Azores.

The Azores are part of the European Union with the status of the outermost region of the territory of the Union

Geographical Location

The Azores are an archipelago which, although situated right on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge due to its proximity to mainland Europe and because its a portugues teritory, its integrated in the European Union.

The archipelago is located in the northeast Atlantic Ocean between 36 º and 43 º north latitude and 25 º and 31 º west longitude. The territories are closer to the Iberian Peninsula, some 2000 km east, Madeira to 1200 km southeast, to New Scotland 2300 km northwest and Bermuda to 3500 km to the southwest. Integrates the biogeographical region of Macaronesia. The geographical coordinates of the main locations of the Azores are the following:


Local Lat. (N) Long. (W)
Vila do Corvo 39º 40.1´ 31º 06.5´
Santa Cruz das Flores 39º 27.2´ 31º 07.2´
Lajes das Flores 39º 22.6´ 31º 09.9´
Santa Cruz da Graciosa 39º 05.0´ 27º 59.9´
Praia da Vitória 38º 43.9´ 27º 03.5´
Velas 38º 40.8´ 28º 12.3´
Angra do Heroísmo 38º 39.0´ 27º 13.4´
Calheta 38º 36.0´ 28º 00.7´
Vila do Topo 38º 32.5´ 27º 45.6´
Horta 38º 32.0´ 28º 37.3´
Cais do Pico 38º 31.7´ 28º 19.2´
Lajes do Pico 38º 23.9´ 28º 15.4´
Ponta Delgada 37º 44.1´ 25º 40.3´
Ilhéus das Formigas 37º 17.0´ 24º 53.0´
Vila do Porto 36º 56.7´ 25º 08.9´


The Azores archipelago is made up of nine main islands divided into three distinct groups:

    
West Group
          

The Corvo Island
         
The Flores Island
    
Central Group
          
Faial Island
         
The Graciosa Island
          
Peak Island
          
the St. George Island
         
Ilha Terceira (The Third Island)
    
* Eastern Group
          
the Santa Maria Island
          
the San Miguel Island


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Portugal Monumental Roadmap OPorto Saint Francisco Xavier Fortess

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THE CASTLES OF PORTUGAL - PORTO FORTE DE SÃO FRANCISCO XAVIER (OPORTO SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER FORTREES)

Since immemorial time, it is said that the huge rock where the castle was built was a sacred place for Dragane, Celtic tribe who came to the Iberian Peninsula six centuries before Christ.


Since very early times, that in this rock was built a castle, small at the time was called Forte do Queijo (Chese Fortress), 22 centuries After the Druids in the year 1643, The King El Rey Dom João IV ordered the construction of a new castle on the existing infraestructures, and this was called the castle of St. Francis Xavier.

Composed of angular design, wide shot platforms and large walls, whithout towers, with moats for the land zone, a tremendous portcullis, etc.. all this architectural ensemble of the castle is a beautiful work of art.


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Bordeira Beach Carrapateira Algarve Portugal

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Bordeira Beach - Carrapateira, Algarve, Portugal

Despite being close to Carrapateira, is called Praia da Bordeira (Bordeira beach), due to the river that

flows into the southern end of the expansive beach. Not crowded, is a quiet beach that invites to spent a relaxing day. Sometimes, there is a lagoon between the beach and the road. It is a pity is that the water is cold.

How to get there: In the direction of Sagres, after about 9 km you will find the village of Bordeira on your left, continue for another 5 km to the entrance of the village of Carrapateira. Turn on the right on the first fork, and follow this roadstaight to Bordeira beach. If you contiue on track once tarred road ends and turns at the first fork to the right will reach the top of South Beach.



Suport Facilities: none. The bettrer access is through the top of the South, from the car parking side, there is a wooden walkway that allows to cross the river without difficulty. Beach lifeguard during the

summer.

Nearby (Between 20 t0 60mn drive): Sagres, Vila do Bispo, Lagos, Portimão, Faro, Albufeira, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loulé, Querença

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Algarve Lagoa Carvoeiro Village Touristic Roadmap

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Carvoeiro Village, Lagoa, Algarve, Portugal

Situated 7 km south of Lagoa, Carvoeiro has, like all the other villages born in the sea, strong fishing

traditions, but due to the magnificent scenery of cliffs cuted by beaches and caves, has become a major tourist center, drawing people from all the world.

The town has, however, the colorful picturesque small boats anchored in the sand and white houses with blue bars.
From the small restaurants along the beach, you can enjoy a calm blue sea, while enjoying the grilled sardines or fish soup. If you prefer you can rent a boat to visit the beaches

around and opt for lunch a board enjoying a full trip.

Nearby (Between 10 t0 30mn drive): Faro, Albufeira, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loulé, Querença

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Algarve Wonders Rocha da Pena

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Algarve Wonders Rocha da Pena

Like Benémola Water Source (Fonte da Benémola de Querença), Rocha da Pena is a classified site that benefits of environmental protection. Situated on mid Barrocal, inside Serra do Caldeirão Mountains, between Benafim and Salir, comprises a length of more than 600 hectares.
Relief rough place, covers an extensive plateau with about 2 miles long and nearly 500 feet high, with  several caves.

At the top of the rock, the Algar dos Mouros (Moorish Algar), historically known to have been there that the Moors took refuge when the reconquest of Salir.

Among the flora, rich and varied, the highlights are the beautiful pink yarrow, wild orchids and fragrant rosemary, where bees collect nectar.


Of the many birds that live here, are emphasized by its rarity, the buzzard eagle and Bonelli's eagle, feeding of rabbits and hedgehogs in the region. Small boars are also part of the local fauna.

In addition to the walks that we can make on this wild landscape that stretches to the distant sea, climbers often choose this location for the sport, taking advantage of steep cliffs that nature has designed.


Nearby (20mn drive): Faro, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loulé, Querença

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Lagos Algarve Monuments Gil Eanes Statue

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Lagos Algarve Monuments: Gil Eanes Statue

The Statue of Gil Eanes is located in the Garden of the Constitution, in Lagos, the statue designed by Canto da Maia is a tribute to the Lacobrigense navigator, squire to Prince Henry, who in 1434 doubled the Cape Bojador.

The Navigator is situated next to a barrel containing a makeshift vase plant, symbol of the discovery of land beyond Cape Bojador.

Nearby (40mn drive): Faro, Albufeira, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loulé, Querença

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Algarve Viewpoints Cerro de São Miguel Mountain

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The Cerro de São Miguel Mountain

The Cerro de San Miguel (411 m), about 4 km north west of Moncarapacho, Olhão area is undoubtedly one of the places that provides one of the most beautiful sights in the Algarve, including at south, Olhão, Faro, the coast of Albufeira, Spain on the East, and the Mountain cliffs of the Serra do Caldeirão at North.

This mountain has always been a conspicuous point very important for sailors, since antiquity - the Greeks called it the Holy Mountain or Mount Zephyr (god of the west wind, the wind that took them back home).


According to local tradition, after the Christian reconquest, the hill would have received the name of  Prince Henry favorite Saint, because it was the first point of Portuguese land, he had seen on his  return from Morooco, after the conquest of Ceuta.

In the first half of the XX Century there was a stone cross on top of the hill to mark the Christian meaning gived to the site.

Nearby (Between 20 and 30mn drive): Olhão, Albufeira, Faro, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Garrão, Vilamoura, Loulé, Querença, Tavira and Spain

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Magniwork Energy internet scam



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.