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Scientists Levitate Mice for NASA

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 4 years ago | from the best-easy-chair-ever dept.

Medicine 237

sterlingda writes to tell us that scientists have built a mouse-levitating superconducting magnet, working on behalf of NASA to study variable levels of gravity. The group hopes to ascertain what physiological impacts prolonged exposure to microgravity might have. "Repeated levitation tests showed the mice, even when not sedated, could quickly acclimate to levitation inside the cage. After three or four hours, the mice acted normally, including eating and drinking. The strong magnetic fields did not seem to have any negative impacts on the mice in the short term, and past studies have shown that rats did not suffer from adverse effects after 10 weeks of strong, non-levitating magnetic fields."

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bipolar mice? (4, Funny)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391533)

are some of them north-oriented and some south?

can you make a compass out of them?

if you put one of those mickeys near a HDD, does it erase some of the data?

and finally, where do you find ferrous-enriched cheese to feed them?

Re:bipolar mice? (3, Funny)

Kratisto (1080113) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391793)

What is the curie temperature for a mouse?

Re:bipolar mice? (1, Interesting)

ccarson (562931) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392461)

The liver contains larger amounts of iron (a ferrous metal). I wonder if it hurts the mice to be lifted by their livers. I wonder if the liver warms and cooks while they're still alive.

Re:bipolar mice? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29391801)

If you can build a bridge out of them, then at least they're not witches. ... or are they? I forgot how that goes.

Re:bipolar mice? (4, Interesting)

x_IamSpartacus_x (1232932) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391811)

Ok... I know I should be more attentive but when I first read that headline I thought;

Scientists Levitate Miss USA

That would be something... Maybe they can just levitate that dress...

Re:bipolar mice? (5, Funny)

Rei (128717) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392517)

Ok... I know I should be more attentive but when I first read that headline I thought;

Scientists Levitate Miss USA

I personally believe that U.S. scientists are unable to do so because, um, some scientists out there in our nation don't have magnets and, uh, I believe that our, uh, research like such as, uh, Caltech and, uh, the Harvard and everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should, uh, our research over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, should help Caltech and should help the Harvard and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future.

Re:bipolar mice? (5, Funny)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391875)

Why does everyone think it's normal for mice, to eat partially digested and rotten (with the help of bacteria) cow milk? What do you think they do without humans? Suck on tits of dead cows? ^^

Re:bipolar mice? (1)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392099)

I don't think anyone thinks it's normal but from what my "experimentation" (mouse traps in the attic) seems to indicate, they certainly do like it. Of course, peanut butter works far better.

[Queue: "Why does everyone think it's normal for mice to eat mashed up, mechanically processed peanuts...]

Re:bipolar mice? (1)

Schemat1c (464768) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392165)

Why does everyone think it's normal for mice, to eat partially digested and rotten (with the help of bacteria) cow milk?

Yes, it's very unusual for a scavenger to like processed food.

Re:bipolar mice? (3, Insightful)

Ironica (124657) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392225)

Why does everyone think it's normal for mice, to eat partially digested and rotten (with the help of bacteria) cow milk? What do you think they do without humans? Suck on tits of dead cows? ^^

For that matter, why does anyone think it's normal for humans to eat cow secretions?

Re:bipolar mice? (4, Informative)

rtfa-troll (1340807) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392359)

For that matter, why does anyone think it's normal for humans to eat cow secretions?

Ah; now that's a more interesting one. Once upon a time it wasn't normal [bbc.co.uk] however, (almost certainly, unless you are a freak or are Chinese) you and your genetically dominant have been taking advantage of a recent gene mutation [scientificamerican.com] to make that normal.

Re:bipolar mice? (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392131)

Some of them behaved with excessive enthusiasm, and then couldn't be bothered to breathe.
Others turned their back on Disney and struck out in a protest for independent Rodent rights.

Re:bipolar mice? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29392473)

Video absolutely needed.

Been done before... (5, Informative)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391535)

Look for The Flying DutchFrog [hfml.ru.nl] to see electromagnet experiments in levitation on other vertebrates.

Re:Been done before... (1)

SOdhner (1619761) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391611)

I saw footage of a spider being levetated as well, I think by the same people who floated the frog (can't follow the link right now, but it may be there). It flailed around for just a split second, and then folded its legs around itself so that it was just a ball. Kind of a cool reaction.

Re:Been done before... (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29391645)

From TFA:

Other researchers have made live frogs and grasshoppers float in mid-air before, but such research with mice, being closer biologically to humans, could help in studies to counteract bone loss due to reduced gravity over long spans of time, as might be expected in deep space missions or on the surfaces of other planets.

Re:Been done before... (1)

vertinox (846076) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391861)

Well it has been done before but this is the first mammal and largest animal so far and is closer to a human than a frog.

Re:Been done before... (1)

BradleyUffner (103496) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392253)

it can't be the first time for a mammal. It specifically mentions past experaments with rats.

Re:Been done before... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29392525)

Read more carefully. It said experiments with rats in strong, but non-levitating magnetic fields showed no adverse effects (over some time span).

Sounds fun! (2, Funny)

Garridan (597129) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391537)

When will this scale up to human size? I wanna play!

Re:Sounds fun! (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391661)

Probably, but so will the magnetic field. It says the mouse weighs 10 grams, so a ~10000x increase in the magnetic field might get rather nasty.

Re:Sounds fun! (1)

Lord Pillage (815466) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391931)

Is that how it works though? Does adding another magnetic elements to a magnetic field weaken the field's push on another element? Or does it apply equally strong to all things at an equal distance. In such a case, the mass would matter less than the physical size (more specifically, the distance of the furtherest part of the human from the field). Any scientist / engineer care to elaborate?

Re:Sounds fun! (1, Informative)

Bakkster (1529253) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391981)

It took 16 Tesla to float a frog, so it would take about 150kT to levitate a human. The strongest field created by man was 2.8kT, but was a single pulse and created with explosives. The strongest continuous field was 45T so good luck waiting for the scale-up.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orders_of_magnitude_(magnetic_field) [wikipedia.org]

That said, I'd wait to see the long term physiological effects on the mice. It's possible that any cellular damage would scale up as well...

Re:Sounds fun! (2)

Publikwerks (885730) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392059)

Just re-route power through the main deflector.

Re:Sounds fun! (1)

daveime (1253762) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392365)

The engines'll no take it capn'

Re:Sounds fun! (1)

Publikwerks (885730) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392405)

FLY HER APART THEN!

Re:Sounds fun! (3, Informative)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392009)

That isn't how it works. The same fieild intensity that levitates a mouse would levitate a person. However, the volume throughout which the field is of constant intensity would have to be scaled up and the energy stored in the field is proportional to volume so your number may not be too far off if seen as a measure of the size and cost of the magnet.

Re:Sounds fun! (1)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391813)

You can try indoor skydiving [iflysfbay.com] right now. A bit windier, but doable right now. Actual skydiving might be closer to the experience of weightlessness, though.

Re:Sounds fun! (1)

Xiterion (809456) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391863)

It is, but only for the first few seconds until you hit terminal velocity. Scuba diving also comes pretty close, since you have the range of motion. Your inner ear is still certain which way is up though, so you don't get quite the same sensation.

/. scooped by Conan O'Brien on a science subject (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29391557)

That's some kind of interesting. Hot scoops...

Re:/. scooped by Conan O'Brien on a science subjec (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29392005)

That's some kind of interesting. Hot scoops...

It is probably because the typical slashdot user would call anyone who would make such a claim a conspiracy theorist, kook, tin foil hat wearer, etc...

"All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed; Second, it is violently opposed; and Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

For those who like pics... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29391559)

From one of the earlier experiments [livescience.com] .

Looks more like a cheese shredder than a large, scientifically purposed apparatus.

I've done similar experiments before... (5, Funny)

TommydCat (791543) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391603)

...using a 3-man slingshot and dead squirrels.

The dead squirrels did not seem to suffer adverse effects while they were levitating, though it must be said they were in this state only for a few moments and there were adverse effects after they struck their respective targets.

Re:I've done similar experiments before... (5, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391873)

...using a 3-man slingshot and dead squirrels. The dead squirrels did not seem to suffer adverse effects while they were levitating, though it must be said they were in this state only for a few moments and there were adverse effects after they struck their respective targets.

Dear sir or ma'am, I am a colleague of yours in the respected field of Airborne Necromancy and would like to see your records and raw data. Specifically I am interested to see trajectory and ballistics data on said deceased squirrel and would like to know targets, their reaction and splash radius (if any). Also, I require data on the haired appendage attached to the posterior of the squirrel and would like to know if it emitted a satisfactory trailing manifold while said furry body traveled along its arc. Also, if you have raw data on the reactions of homo sapiens of the homogametic sex upon realization of said ballistic squirrel, I would be eternally grateful for it and any footage of shear horror and/or terror. I look forward to peer reviewing your research in next month's issue of Bodies in Flight. Good day!

Re:I've done similar experiments before... (5, Funny)

TommydCat (791543) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391983)

Dear eldavojohn - thank you very much for your interest in our research.

Unfortunately data collected on targetted facial responses is strictly limited to third-party hear-say information since the data collection stopped shortly after levitation was achieved due to personal safety risks to the research team if they were to have remained on-site. The time period of this research predates the "YouTube" era, and indeed no video recording devices were available that wouldn't prove too bulky for safe movement during the personnel evacuation window.

While my submission cannot be considered authoritative in this subject by peer review, it is refreshing to see other researchers interested in this field of study.

Good day to you and keep your head down!

Re:I've done similar experiments before... (4, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392221)

Refusal to relay your data to me?! I'll have you know I am the professor emeritus eldavojohn from Peter Wiggin's School for the Demented Brothers. Perhaps you've heard of it? Yes, well, I'm kind of a big deal there.

Your unwillingness to share crucial data to our pain-staking squirrel research not only upsets me but mars the very foundation upon which we have built our esteemed ideals and research. Furthermore your lack of savvy in the sub-field of post experiment egress and planning belie your innocence and naive dabbling in such a rewarding and rich genre of science.

In short, I recommend you put the squirrel slingshot down before you fail to hurt someone and leave the research to those of us properly equipped with chinchilla Gatling guns. Your work may make for a great show on the Discovery Channel but there's no place for you in my school.

Re:I've done similar experiments before... (4, Funny)

TommydCat (791543) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392347)

While I cannot understand why you are so emphatic, I can empathize your position in this matter. We can expedite recreation of said research data and deliver it by air courier. Kindly prepare to receive a few drops presently, as soon as we fortify our research site with duct-taped cats and a tarp.

Re:I've done similar experiments before... (1)

Krneki (1192201) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392321)

Dear sir or ma'am the squirrel rocket bomb is an ancient ritual performed during the new year festivals. It was used in EU in the '80 and '90. It consisted in putting a rocket petard inside a squirrel ass. The ritual eventually become banned, but the older people still remembers it.

Re:I've done similar experiments before... (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392093)

But one must say, that levitation because of gravitational effects is not the same as that of (electro)magnetic effects. One can not use the one to study the other, for example. (Although some "scientists" attempt it nonetheless.)

Re:I've done similar experiments before... (1)

CarpetShark (865376) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392213)

...using a 3-man slingshot and dead squirrels.

Really? That sounds pretty cool. How did you get the dead squirrels to operate the slingshot?

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... (2, Funny)

dontspitconfetti (1153473) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391619)

MIGHTY MOUSE!

No video? (4, Interesting)

genner (694963) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391647)

Why no video?
Flying mice on youtube would bring more media coverage of this.

Pics? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29391649)

Pics or didn't happen!

Re:Pics? (4, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391831)

Here's your pic [conceptart.org] .

Cheesey Jokes (2, Funny)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391651)

Thats Gouda

but it'll be cheddar when they make it work on humans. Then it would be truly Marble-ous.

Re:Cheesey Jokes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29391695)

please go away

Quantum levitation (3, Funny)

argent (18001) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391671)

What happens when you create a quantum superposition of levitating mice?

Re:Quantum levitation (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29391709)

Your ass falls off.

Re:Quantum levitation (2, Funny)

argent (18001) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391795)

That's because of entanglement?

Seriously, Slashdot? (-1, Troll)

Haffner (1349071) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391701)

It seems that these days, slashdot takes all of its news from gizmodo, wired, and ars. This is news I (and much of the tech community) read already. Please find new sources. As evidenced here. [gizmodo.com]

Re:Seriously, Slashdot? (5, Insightful)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391869)

I was going to mod you down, then I decided to respond instead.

Slashdot has always been behind the "news" cycle.

This is fine. Most people don't come here for breaking news, they come here for (sometimes) informative, enlightened, or humorous discussion of the article and related topics.

I'll just add that your griping is none of those things. If what you care about is being the first to read about something, then please feel free to go elsewhere. And feel free to not bother with the discussion on Slashdot when the same item is up a day or two later... you won't be missed if what you post is similar to the post I'm responding to.

Oh, and one last thing... Slashdot is a news aggregator. There is very, very little original content in the items posted to the main page. However, it is a community-driven site. If you're unhappy that items come through later here than elsewhere, one thing YOU can do to improve it is to submit articles yourself in a timely manner.

Re:Seriously, Slashdot? (4, Funny)

bmckeever (224043) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392291)

they come here for (sometimes) informative, enlightened, or humorous discussion of the article and related topics.

I come here for the depressingly predictable jokes. Where's my "I for one..."? Ah, there [slashdot.org] it is.

Re:Seriously, Slashdot? (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392393)

I come here for the depressingly predictable jokes. Where's my "I for one..."? Ah, there it is.

In Soviet Slashdot, depressing predictable joke comes for you?

Re:Seriously, Slashdot? (1)

flyingfsck (986395) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392017)

It is because Roland Piquepaille passed away...

Re:Seriously, Slashdot? (3, Insightful)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392041)

> It seems that these days, slashdot takes all of its news from gizmodo, wired,
> and ars.

And therefor I miss nothing important by not reading those sites while avoiding a great deal of crap.

Re:Seriously, Slashdot? (3, Informative)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392101)

This is actually a discussion site, not a news site. We come here for the discourse and the surprisingly effective moderation system.

no side effects?! (2, Interesting)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391727)

So, wouldn't it generally levitating the mouse using the iron in its blood? So if your blood cells are yanking your body around, wouldn't that sort of interrupt the normal flow of blood and cause damage to the walls of your veins and capillaries and arteries and all that?

Re:no side effects?! (5, Informative)

bcmm (768152) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391829)

No, it works on the water in the animal. Red blood cells aren't ferromagnetic; all the iron is in haemoglobin, not little metallic bits.

I for one... (0, Redundant)

eviloverlordx (99809) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391731)

...welcome our new mouse-levitating scientific overlords.

Re:I for one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29391755)

To prove their mousy worth, they'll overthrow the earth!

Re:I for one... (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391845)

No, they can't mess with their experiment that much.

This is convenient (1)

97cobra (89974) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391753)

No more cages needed. Just stick your pets to the refrigerator. Hold up your kids paintings, business cards or notes to the spouse.
squeeeeeeeeeeeek

B-b-b-but, EM radiation! (2, Funny)

Wireless Joe (604314) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391757)

"The strong magnetic fields did not seem to have any negative impacts on the mice in the short term, and past studies have shown that rats did not suffer from adverse effects after 10 weeks of strong, non-levitating magnetic fields."

Sure, but put a cell phone next to their cage, and they have cancer in a week, right!?!

Re:B-b-b-but, EM radiation! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29391827)

Light is EM radiation. Shine a flashlight onto a mice and they have cancer in a week.

Re:B-b-b-but, EM radiation! (3, Informative)

mrsquid0 (1335303) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391841)

Cell phones operate at different frequencies and different power levels than the apparatus used in this experiment, so the lack of adverse effects on the mice does not really say anything about the effects of a cell phone on mice (or humans).

Re:B-b-b-but, EM radiation! (2, Informative)

Bakkster (1529253) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392119)

The field in this experiment isn't EM radiation at all. It's just a (really big) magnet. There is no time varying component (it has no frequency) so it does not have an electric component (look up Maxwell's equations). This has as much to do with EM radiation as a cup of water on your desk has to do with the waves on the ocean.

That said, if you move a wire through it, you'll generate one hell of an electic field, but only while the strength of the magnetic field through the wire is changing.

Re:B-b-b-but, EM radiation! (3, Interesting)

jeffb (2.718) (1189693) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392235)

That said, if you move a wire through it, you'll generate one hell of an electic field, but only while the strength of the magnetic field through the wire is changing.

Wait, if you move a wire through an unchanging field (perpendicularly), you'll induce a current, right? You'll also induce one if you hold a wire still in a field whose strength is changing.

On a related note, axons are in many ways like long wires. Move around in a high magnetic field, and you'll notice odd effects. It's more of a problem for people than for mice -- our axons run longer, and so inductive effects are stronger.

Re:B-b-b-but, EM radiation! (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391945)

On the other hand: Put them in a microwave and shoot them with a industrial-strength laser, and they will not have cancer too... because they will be a heap of ashes.

I understand your argument and I specifically agree with it. But by putting yourself in the opposite extreme position, you're not much better than them. Even if it happens for dubious humoristic purposes. ^^

Re:B-b-b-but, EM radiation! (4, Funny)

jeffb (2.718) (1189693) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392151)

This was a static field. A static field is like resting your head on the floor. An oscillating field is like beating your head against the floor.

Of course, nothing will stop some people from claiming that strong static magnetic fields cause cancer. Maybe they can fight it out with the people who say that they cure disease.

Electrocution? (1)

JSBiff (87824) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392277)

Hmm, If I remember correctly from my physics class, any time electrons move through a magnetic field, don't they produce electric forces in a direction perpedicular to the motion through the magnetic field? Or something like that. Anyhow, electric generators, I remember, are just coils of wire that you rotate inside a strong magnetic field.

So, the question is, could exposure to magnetic fields strong enough to levitate you, also cause electric currents in your body, if you move through the field, strong enough to do things like cause currents across vital organs/nerves/brain strong enough to cause damage, irregular heart beats, or disrupt normal nervous function?

got half of it right (2, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391791)

No no no, bad scientist. I told you to work on flying cars, not flying mice.

Re:got half of it right (1)

mrsquid0 (1335303) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391889)

I would rather see flying mice. Come to think of it, that is essentially what bats are, so nature beat us to it,

Re:got half of it right (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392123)

Now I'm curious about which mice are predatory.

Re:got half of it right (1)

mrsquid0 (1335303) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392357)

Mice are omnivores. They will happily eat insects The Northern Grasshopper Mouse, for example, has a diet that consists almost totally of insects.

Video? (1)

11_biznatch_11 (875790) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391809)

Video anyone?

Right... (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391837)

past studies have shown that rats did not suffer from adverse effects after 10 weeks of strong, non-levitating magnetic fields.

Right. Non-levitating has no negative effects in the short term. Actual Levitating has no immediate effects in the short term. The effects of levitating magnets in the long term could be catastrophic, and if thats the case I hope we observe it and know not to put ourselves through it.

However, we've seen first hand that astronaughts who don't get exercise in 0 gravity have had some side effects like Atrophy, so I hope they have zero gravity mouse wheels to keep these mice in shape while testing them for prolonged periods.

Re:Right... (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392087)

so I hope they have zero gravity mouse wheels to keep these mice in shape while testing them for prolonged periods.

Where's your sense of imagination? If it's zero G, we're not limited to mouse wheels and/or hamster balls. How about a hamster tetrahedron? I mean, not to be one-sided, but surely a mouse mobius strip is the least we could hope for?

Re:Right... (2)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392159)

The effects of levitating magnets in the long term could be catastrophic

What reason do you have to make such a claim?

I hope they have zero gravity mouse wheels to keep these mice in shape

How do you expect a mouse wheel to work without gravity? Strap the little guys down with elastic?

News at 11 (1)

97cobra (89974) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391843)

NASA invents mice that always point north......

Obligatory jokes (1)

ryanvm (247662) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391877)

Can I get a shark/laser joke here?

Re:Obligatory jokes (1)

prometx42 (1107413) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392433)

The key question here, being largely and glaringly overlooked, is; will the strength of a magnetic field strong enough to suspend a Laser-Shark, induce enough current in it's laser targeting system to cause an accidental activation, thus drastically increasing the risk involved in this experimental vein. i.e., is the target experimental area laser-shielded? Are experimenters wearing the proper eye-shielding for the specific frequency of shark lasers? These are the thing we really need to know...

Re:Obligatory jokes (1)

don_carnage (145494) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392435)

Who do I have to kill to get sharks with fricken lasers on their heads? Throw me a bone here.

Not really zero-G (1)

dbet (1607261) | more than 4 years ago | (#29391891)

This sounds like a very stable environment. In free-fall you can move this way and that and your internal organs will sort of eventually catch up. Other than rotating, which the article does discuss, they can't really push off and fly across the room, coming to an abrupt halt at some point. Things like that.

Obligatory Dave Barry Joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29391969)

Levitating Mice would be a good name for a rock band.

Neo is a Mouse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29392003)

someone tell Morpheus.

Picture??? (1)

wzinc (612701) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392127)

How can they have an anti-grav story with no picture?!?

but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29392181)

will they blend?

When Pigs Fly (1)

sarlos (903082) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392209)

May come sooner than we all thought...

42 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29392211)

I am sure there is a reference to HHGTG here somewhere...

Creepy image (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29392241)

Since it's just levitating the water I got this image of a mouse shaped mass of water hanging above a dried up mouse. Now that would be a stupid pet trick!

SCIENCE? (1)

Phoenixlol (1549649) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392243)

Maybe someone knows, can this tech be used to simulate gravity in space (without crumpling the vessel)?

An interesting experiment (4, Funny)

malevolentjelly (1057140) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392261)

To be honest with you, when you reach this level of awesome in your experimentation, you don't even need a premise. The NASA scientists could have simply announced that they did it for the lulz and it would be okay.

I think the public would excuse it.

Song in my head... (3, Funny)

digitalhermit (113459) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392273)

"Heeere I come to save the daaaayy.. Mighty Mouse is on his waaaay!!"

Flying mice. Sheesh.

Better yet... (1)

CRiMSON (3495) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392389)

when can I get one for the bedroom, I'm seeing endless potential fun with this!

Gravity != Magnetism (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29392439)

Since when does floating the water in a creature qualify as microgravity? The water (and the critter) are still in and affected by gravity. This is bunk and should be called as such. I would be willing to bet that if you measured the gravitational force above that magnet it would be EXACTLY the same as before(OK, maybe a small bit different). Gravity != Magnetism!!!!

Are you thinking what I'm thinking, Pinky? (1)

TheLoneGundam (615596) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392547)

I think so, Brain, but the implementation is left as an exercise for the student.

Magnetic Field to add Gravity in Space (5, Interesting)

tromtone (1186091) | more than 4 years ago | (#29392571)

From the other perspective, could this technology be used to add "gravity" (or a downward force equal to the Earth's gavity at the crust) in space? ...an alternative to centripetal force?
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