My knowledge of physics isn't that great (most of it has been purged since completing my college physics courses :-D), but one thing that I do know is that perpetual motion, according to Newtonian physics, is thought to be impossible in the real world. Thane Heins seems to have come up with a contradiction to Newtonian physics and the first law of thermodynamics :
In an interview with the Toronto Star, [Dr. Riadh] Habash was cautious but matter-of-fact with what he's seen so far. "It accelerates, but when it comes to an explanation, there is no backing theory for it. That's why we're consulting MIT. But at this time we can't support any claim."
It's now Jan. 28 – D Day. Heins has modified his test so the effects observed are difficult to deny. He holds a permanent magnet a few centimetres away from the driveshaft of an electric motor, and the magnetic field it creates causes the motor to accelerate. It went well.
Contacted by phone a few hours after the test, Zahn is genuinely stumped – and surprised. He said the magnet shouldn't cause acceleration. "It's an unusual phenomena I wouldn't have predicted in advance. But I saw it. It's real. Now I'm just trying to figure it out."
I'm just as skeptical as the next guy, but I'm going to keep my eye on this and see what comes of it. It's also a pretty amazing story for Heins if science can legitimize his discovery.