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"One evening in 1979, Hutchison was in his laboratory, sitting amidst the sparks and high voltage effects of his equipment, when he was struck on the shoulder by a piece of metal. He threw it back and it hit him again. This was the ignominious beginning of the Hutchison Effect. In the ensuing months, Hutchison found that by tweaking the settings on the equipment, he could get things –ordinary household objects– to levitate, move horizontally, bend, break and even explode. In the latter case, this portion of the effect came to be known as `disruption'."

— Nick Cook in The Hunt for Zero Point. (p. 260)

Like so often before, a discovery had been made more or less by accident. This archive contains material related to John Hutchison and his discovery.

Please note

This archive is still in the process of collecting material, indexing, editing and publishing. Most material is not online yet. It is expected that the archive should be substantially completed by May, 2003. In particular, the video material is not online yet (pending digitizing), likewise research references. Articles and interviews are in many cases available online elsewhere on the Internet.



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23rd of May 2002

Starting to collect papers, documentation, video, audio, articles, interviews etc. It's well over-due. While there is a lot of material available on the internet, it's all spread out and hard to find. A huge amount of information isn't available publically today.

This archive is permanent and will aspire to become as complete as possible. Your input (and original material!) is invited.

For archival purposes, all material will be stored so that future scientists can find it.

However, only material which is either in the public domain or expressly permitted for publishing in the archive will be visible. This means that copyrighted videos, for example, will not become available until either the copyright owner authorizes publication here, or the copyright expires (in 70 years of time or so... please help the research community and general public by allowing us to publish).

Interesting websites do sometimes disappear without a trace. CSC's / has an excellent record here, with huge collections, having been online since the 1980's and being an extremely well connected machine with a direct pipe to the network backbone on one of the worlds most reliable networks.

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