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When we last checked in on Canadian mad scientist Troy Hurtubise, his Angel Light — a homebrew device that he said could see through walls and stop electronics from working — was the subject of speculation, ridicule and financing (he got $40,000 from the French government for the project). Now the eccentric inventor has upped the ante: According to Hurtubise, his latest toy, the God Light, can make blind men see and lame men walk, and he's backing up his claims with a $20,000 reward to anyone who can prove him wrong (we're sure Chirac & Cie. are glad their euros are going to such a worthy cause). Hurtubise says that the God Light, developed with the aid of a German physicist, has already reversed Parkinson's symptoms in one test subject and shrunk cancer tumors in mice. The device uses 67 lenses and five gases to produce 80,000 lux of full-spectrum light. William Rieken, a PhD candidate at the Chihara Laboratory, at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology, in Osaka, Japan, told Canadian news site BayToday.ca that the God Light will "revolutionize physics and change the understanding of the concepts of science." Or, at the very least, it should be able to really light up Hurtubise's lab during those long, dark Canadian winters.

[Thanks, Bob]

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