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    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2019
     
    Reminds me of the old scam where you clip on a magnet to your car's fuel line and improve your gas mileage.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2019
     
    A clothespin works too. Well, just as well.
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    Posted By: Angus
    I mean seriously...


    Sounds a bit like Ice9. Pretty soon all the water on Earth is gonna be magnetically infected by contagion.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2019
     
    Posted By: TrimGreat so Frank is still alive, he must be even older than Angus, (is that possible???).

    His email address is 88.frank@gmail.com which is, I think, a hint at his age. However, it could be his number of grandchildren. He is, after all, Catholic, right?
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2019
     
    Or the number of atmospheres or types of clay.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2019
     
    Liquid flow is influenced by a quantum effect in water.

    https://phys.org/news/2019-12-liquid-quantum-effect.html
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2019
     
    Posted By: TrimLiquid flow is influenced by a quantum effect in water.

    https://phys.org/news/2019-12-liquid-quantum-effect.html


    Tested by dissolving polymers in water.

    Hardly surprising, as water is a strongly protic polar solvent. It might be interesting to see if the same phenomenon holds with an aprotic polar solvent, say, DMSO, or a nonpolar solvent.
    • CommentAuthorBigOilRep
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2019
     
    Posted By: goatcheezHis email address is 88.frank@gmail.com which is, I think, a hint at his age.

    He has to get a new email address every year? Unless you mean he was born in 1888, which might explain some of his theories.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2020 edited
     
    Five years ago, a friend of mine showed me a magnetic phenomenon he stumbled across. It was something similar to Levitron except that it involved the ability of a spinning magnetic to trap another magnetic and suspend it in the spinning magnet's field regardless of the polarity of the stationary magnetic. A search showed that no one appears to have ever reported nor explained this phenomenon.

    Since then, he has written a paper explaining the phenomenon and is attempting to get it published. Here is a preprint of the paper (caution: no one here will read it because it is too long but it does have some pretty pictures):

    https://www.preprints.org/manuscript/202009.0001/v1

    If the pictures are not enough to interest you, here are numerous videos of his demonstration of the phenomenon:

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k16o8tomnvd0i4g/AABZtpUcSwpH7Ae6DRmSjJQta

    If anyone does have any comments or questions, I will be happy to forward them to my friend or put you in touch with him after I get his permission.
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    That is indeed interesting. At first look I think it could be related to what TK called the "n degree of freedom trailer hitch" (I forget the value of "n" at the moment). He conjectured that it could be spin-stabilized, which would have similarly locked the hitch. He never pursued it further though.

    I found this clip from the collection to be particularly interesting:

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k16o8tomnvd0i4g/AABZtpUcSwpH7Ae6DRmSjJQta?preview=20181015_173635.mp4
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    Hmm. Might be the makings of a next-level magnetic bearing.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2020
     
    @al
    Yes, that one was one of my favorites.

    @Andrew
    Well, that's exactly what we are looking for...applications. My friend has spent 5 yrs writing a paper on how the phenomenon works; but, from day one, we have always questioned, "So, what can we do with this observation?"

    Someone made a good buck off the Levitron. But, he's not interested in making a toy. He lives in Turkey and I suspect he is financially comfortable. We've only corresponded over the internets; but, I have seen some photos. I think his clowder have their own house. :)
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    Tractor beams! Fusion containment! Magnetic crowd-control weaponry! Now that the effect is known, the rest is just engineering. Innit?
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2020 edited
     
    But pinning works only on magnetically polarized objects independent of polarity.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2020
     
    Polarity Free Magnetic Repulsion and Magnetic Bound State https://arxiv.org/abs/2009.07082
    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2020
     
    And around we go once again.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeSep 16th 2020
     
    Actually, it's different. But you had to read the first to know it.
    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2020 edited
     
    What I meant was, new discoveries in the field (ahem) of magnetics usually lead to a blossoming of new spinny thingies.