Dr Mike McCulloch is a research lecturer at the University of Plymouth in the UK.
He gained a BSc in physics in 1991 and a PhD in ocean physics (physical oceanography) in 1995.
He worked as an ocean and wave modelling scientist at the UK Met Office between 1998 and 2008, then became a lecturer in geomatics
(the mathematics of positioning in space) at the University of Plymouth.
Over the past 16 years he has published 27 papers proposing and testing a new model for inertia (called quantized inertia)
that predicts galaxy rotation without dark matter and a new propellantless method of propulsion.
In 2018 he won $1.3M in funding from DARPA to experimentally test this new propulsion method.
Tests indicate that an approach using capacitors is promising.
With its prediction of propellant-less propulsion quantised inertia appears to create energy out of nothing.
Actually, it creates energy out of information.
The new idea is that the conservation of mass-energy is now to be the conservation of mass-energy and information.
As objects accelerate in one direction, a relativistic horizon forms in the opposite direction.
According to the 2nd law of thermodynamics, when an object loses information this
represents a reduction of entropy in its world which cannot be allowed, so heat energy must be released to increase the entropy again.
Calculations show that this released energy is exactly what is needed to explain inertial mass, but with a very slight change in some circumstances (to quantised inertia), a change which explains galaxy rotation without dark matter.
This is good evidence for this new idea. This immediately points out a new way to get ‘free energy’ from information.
This can be done according to QI by making horizons – deleting accelerated objects’ information about space.
This can be done for example with highly-accelerated electrons confined in tiny cavities or asymmetric capacitors.
He has written two books about the theory: a text book 'Physics from the Edge' (2014) and a sci-fi novel 'Falling Up' (2021).