NASA Creates Anti-Gravity Field, Makes Lab Rats Levitate

NASA scientists have created an anti-gravity field that works at room temperature, which is a big Where's My Back to the Future Skateboard breakthrough. The only problem is that it only works on mice. Mice high as kites, in fact.

Scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have created a superconducting magnet that generates enough energy to lift small animals off the floor. The magnet pushes the water inside the animals up, making them fly. The amazing fact is that it works at room temperature—not the ultra-cooled down environments typical of these magnets—and it's large enough to make rodents levitate.

The mice were high in more than one way, though. According to researcher Yuanming Liu, the "first mouse actually kicked around and started to spin, and without friction, it could spin faster and faster, and we think that made it even more disoriented". So they gave a mild sedative to the next mouse, who was happy to float. [Live Science via Yahoo News]


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    Extremely poor editing on this one. This has nothing to do with gravity, and nobody has invented room-temperature superconducting magnets yet. Whoever wrote this article would be better off flipping burgers.

      Read the source article before you go accusing Gizmodo of anything:

      "Scientists working on behalf of NASA built a device to simulate variable levels of gravity. It consists of a superconducting magnet that generates a field powerful enough to levitate the water inside living animals, with a space inside warm enough at room temperature and large enough at 2.6 inches wide (6.6 cm) for tiny creatures to float comfortably in during experiments."

      It certainly sounds like someone's invented a room-temperature superconductor magnet to me, but if you're in a more educated position on the matter I would be interested to hear why LiveScience reported on something that hasn't happened (and what the truth of the matter is).

        "It consists of a superconducting magnet that generates a field powerful enough to levitate the water inside living animals, with a space inside warm enough at room temperature and large enough at 2.6 inches wide (6.6 cm) for tiny creatures to float comfortably in during experiments."

        The posted sentence could be edited down a little to make more sense, but what I get from it is: There is an area they have built, within the superconductor's magnetic field, that is room temperature. The superconductor itself is never specified at room temperature.

        So, anon is correct, there are currently no room temperature superconductors, and as a bonus, anon is a bit of a jerk (also; nothing to do with gravity is a stretch).

        @Sethaan
        Thanks for actually explaining the inaccuracies. anon, take note of Sethaan's response. All the info you should have given with none of the condescending rubbish.

      Also, it does have to do with gravity, clearly. The machine is not removing gravity from the equation, but is counteracting the effects of gravity.

      And what's with the burger comment, man? Please tell me you're not one of those idiots who posts comments on Youtube vids like: He's really not the gud wen. I've seen much bttr. He should give up now.
      Even on the most talented people's videos.

    I highly doubt they used a superconducting magnet, "bitter" helical type magnets don't require cryogenics and can produce stronger fields at a lower cost.

    And I wouldn't call it antigravity, Its just the water inside the animal reacting to the magnetic field (called diamagnetism)

    This was first demonstrated in the Netherlands by physicists using a frog, NASA simply replicated the experiment using a different animal...

    Hope I cleared up any confusion.
    Cheers!

    I saw this on a doco on the discovery channel, as far as i can remember they used a powerful electro magnet to produce the magnetic field but i could be wrong, a big one about the size of a truck and lots of power. so i dont think we'll be getting our back to the future hover boards in the near future.i think we should ask lukeskywalker instead.

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    Hmm... Why does it only work on rats? Was it mice? Pardon me... Anyway, would be kind of cool floating around...

    Was it zero-gravity or was it just thrust. I'd like to see a video of them doing it in a vacuum or a wind tunnel in reverse.

    Alter the magnetic resonance frequency and the water molecules would have reached boiling point. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, so it is likely that there is naturally occuring antigravity, but we have not found it yet.

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