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Shirley Leung

Here, an heiress says, her millions dwindled

Open up case number 12-4630 in Suffolk Superior Court and the cast of characters streams out like an Agatha Christie mystery: there’s the Swiss heiress, a baron from one of the world’s oldest banks, the former gatekeeper to MIT’s intellectual riches, and arguably the most famous professor at Harvard Business School.

At the center of it all is a nondescript Fall River company, Continuum Energy Technologies, where researchers are trying to fulfill an ancient desire to achieve what many consider an impossible feat: changing the properties of matter.

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