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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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