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The Curious Case of Lloyd Zirbes

Introduction

Brian Desborough is a researcher into alternative forms of energy. On pgs. 169 - 172 of his wonderful book, A Blueprint For A Better World, he gives an intriguing story about a man named Lloyd Zirbes:
It is commonly taught in science classes that Galileo studied the acceleration of free falling bodies. In actuality, he did no such thing, confining his experiments to merely rolling balls down inclined planes. Horrified to discover that Galileo didn't conduct any actual tests involving falling bodies, American scientist Lloyd Zirbes and his team conducted a series of tightly controlled experiments, in which hollow spheres of equal weight and diameter but composed of different materials, including iron, aluminum, brass and carbon, were dropped simultaneously down a two thousand foot mine shaft in Minnesota. High speed cameras located at the base of the shaft recorded the moment of impact of the spheres. Very surprisingly, the carbon sphere reached the bottom of the shaft first, followed by the aluminum, then brass, and finally the iron sphere, which arrived some six feet after the carbon sphere had impacted. The test, repeated many times, demonstrated that different elements accelerate at different rates, when falling through the same gravitational field.

In another experiment, two iron spheres of equal size and weight, were placed six feet apart from the top of the shaft, then simultaneously dropped. Both reached the impact plane simultaneously, but had diverged to a distance of fifty feet apart. We can conclude from this test that identical falling bodies repel each other if spaced apart at the commencement of the drop. Interestingly, prior to the test, a line was painted around the equator of each sphere. The camera revealed that during the descent both spheres rotated in the same direction, the axis of rotation being aligned with the geomagnetic poles of the Earth.

He also conducted a controlled drop test in which, prior to the drop, twenty identical iron spheres were placed in a pyramidal configuration contacting one another. During the fall the spheres remained in contact with each other, but rearranged themselves into a sphere.

After concluding his falling bodies experiments, Lloyd Zirbes conducted a most interesting experiment in which an iron ball was attached to the end of a beam twelve feet in length. The beam was mounted on a pedestal and rotated horizontally by means of an electric motor. An antenna connected to an amplifier and oscilloscope was placed adjacent to the circle of rotation, in order to detect any energy field generated by the rotating balls. As the rotating balls passed close to the antenna the oscilloscope displayed a doughnut shaped image, indicating that a body in motion produces a field or force of a type which has not been identified by mainstream science.

The intrepid Zirbes then positioned two of the rotating devices such that the iron balls passed each other travelling in opposite directions. The gap between the adjacent balls was only a quarter of an inch. The same antenna and detection equipment was used to monitor the experiment. As the two adjacent balls passed each other a tremendous thump was heard, which shook the test stands (the pedestals were mounted in concrete). When the opposing balls approached each other, the oscilloscope showed as series of doughnut shaped images, which changed to a sine wave at the moment the balls were closest to each other. The ingenious experiment revealed that the field and/or force surrounding a body in motion repels a like field which surrounds a second body in motion. The field is not polarized until it contacts the field surrounding the second body in motion, at which point the fields unite to produce polarized energy as exemplified by the oscilloscope's momentary sine wave images.

The experiment was repeated with various rotational speeds and varying gaps between the two passing balls. It was found that the audible intensity of the thumping noise increased as the square of the rotational velocity, and decreased as the square of the distance between the two passing balls.

Zirbes found that all the experiments described above were reproducible. This suggests that Galileo's suppositions concerning falling bodies - the cornerstone of physics, are seriously flawed. Sir Isaac Newton based his work on that of Galileo, just as Einstein and his sucessors have based their theories on the efforts of Newton. We are accordingly forced with the inescapable conclusion that since Galileo's suppositions are badily flawed in light of Lloyd Zirbes' meticulous experiments, it implies that the various technologies which humankind has become dependent are also based upon very questionable theory.

Lloyd Zirbes' momentous discoveries clearly demonstrate that the force which unifies all things is motion. Zirbes devoted the last twenty five years of his life to analyzing and applying the results of his experiments. Realizing that Newton's gravitational studies were badly flawed, Zirbes, with woefully inadequate funds, scoured junkyards to find components suitable for him to construct equipment which enabled him to investigate gravity. Eventually, Zirbes was able to develop an electromagnetic device which actually produced gravity. Even though the hand fabricated equipment was crude, it caused everything in his workshop that wasn't bolted down to degravitate and fly around and Zirbes was seriously injured by flying debris. While he was hospitalized, his workshop was destroyed by arson fire. On several occasions Zirbes had invited numerous physics professors to observe his experiments, yet none of these contemptable and close minded persons accepted his invitations. Despite his momentous discoveries, Lloyd Zirbes died without his work ever being published.
Indeed, there is some dispute as to whether or not Galileo actually performed the famous drop experiment off of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. However, what is more important are the results of Lloyd Zirbes' tests!

The idea that two bodies of identical weight but of differing material fall at different speeds flies in the face of what is normally taught about gravity. The closest thing that I could find to these experiments were a set done by the electrical engineer Charles Brush in the very early 1900s. To quote a fascinating series of articles by David Pratt:
Charles Brush performed very precise experiments showing that metals of very high atomic weight and density tend to fall very slightly faster than elements of lower atomic weight and density, even though the same mass of each metal is used. He also reported that a constant mass or quantity of certain metals may be appreciably changed in weight by changing its physical condition. His work was not taken seriously by the scientific community, and the very precise spark photography technique he used in his free-fall experiments has never been used by other investigators.
Charles Brush used a variety of experimental setups to test the relationship of different materials to gravity, but the "spark photography" referred to above seems to be the method closest to the one used by Lloyd Zirbes, albeit on a much smaller scale. As is usually the case with these kinds of subjects, Rex Research has a good selection of quotes out of Charles Brush's papers that describe this setup:
"Two aluminum containers are used, alike in size, shape, weight and smoothness of surface, and dropped simultaneously, side by side, through exactly the same distance (about 122 cm).

"Each container, at he end of its journey, breaks an electric circuit. But the breaks of both containers are in series in the same circuit, so that the break which occurs first produces a bright spark while the belated break gives no spark because its circuit is already open."

"When the containers are equally loaded with the same metal, there is no visible spark at either break, or a very feeble spark at one or the other indifferently. But when they are equally loaded with certain different metals, one container persistently produces a bright spark, though containers are always reversed in position for each trial. From this it seems clear that the container giving the spark falls a little faster than the other. This sparking condition is clearly manifested when the faster container reaches the end of its free path as little as 0.0125 mm. (0.0005 inch) in advance of its neighbor."
[Other research on this website seems to indicate that gravity is the effect of electric fields converging radially upon a common center, and to some extent, can be directed by particular coil geometries.]

It would be nice if these types of experiments were replicated with modern slow-motion video in a controlled environment (e.g.: NASA's Space Power Facility).

Uncovering The Research

Thankfully, Lloyd's work is not completely lost. Wendelle Stevens published some of Lloyd's papers within his book, UFO Contact From Alcyon Of The Pleiades. Each of these papers reads:
Reproduction and distribution of this material is vigorously requested and encouraged.
Unfortunately, there are two important issues:

1. The photo-copied type and images are quite small and blurry.
2. Some of the pages are out of order and a few are missing.

In order to remedy this situation, we have completely retyped them, remade the diagrams, and put them into the order specified by their page numbers. Here they are:

Falling Bodies Theory I
Consequences Of Nuclear Energy
Solar Research
Falling Bodies Theory II
Beyond The Ionosphere
Nuclear Energy VS. Planet Earth

The experiments described within the previous section of this article are given within the first paper, while the others derive a theory from them and apply it to the structure of the atom and the sun.

From their contents we can gather the following:

1. Lloyd was probably not working alone. He may have had a team of researchers with him (referred to as the "Project Stardust Team" in the above documents). They seem to have continued into, at least, the late 1980s.

2. Their research into the structure of the atom lead them to the conclusion that human-generated fission and fusion processes have a very negative impact upon living organisms and the environment (particularly the Ionosphere). In response to this, they made an electrical generator that functioned off of an alternative understanding of gravity (to replace nuclear reactors).

[Upon first glance, I cannot help but notice the similarity of this story to Walter and Lao Russell's "Optical-Dynamo", which also operated upon an alternative understanding of gravity and was created with the intent of replacing nuclear reactors. There is some overlap within their physics ideas too!]

...The researcher Eric Vogels runs a website called "Flying Dutchman Projects" that has blueprints for a "Flux-O-Matic Motor" attributed to Lloyd Zirbes. Are these the design specifications for the generator mentioned above?

Thank you for reading! ☺