Eclectic Curiosity

Posted on May 12th, 2002, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

Wired has a cool article, Idea in the Clouds, on an invention called a “lifter.” Its an odd triangular device that, when charged with a small amount of electrical power, levitates, apparently able to resist Earth’s gravitational forces. “Currently, the devices can only levitate themselves. But developer Tim Ventura and others are working to convert electrical current into a force that can lift and move planes, trains and rocket ships. If that proves possible, the technology that powers lifters could extend the ability to explore space and drastically cut the use of fossil fuels on Earth.”

“”All major scientific breakthroughs were scoffed at when they first debuted,” Marc Millis, a researcher at the Breakthrough Propulsion Physics project, said. “To move forward, a scientist has to explore the seemingly impossible.” Lifter technology hasn’t yet been proved “possible” for anything more than hobbyist use. But developers said they are getting closer every day.”

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