Levitation Technology Moving From Sci Fi To Reality

Continuing the trend of fictional technology becoming a reality, Dominic Basuto writes for the Washington Post that levitation is next up:

Every month, there seems to be news of some fabulous science fiction concept that is ever closer to becoming science fact. In just the past few months, we’ve seen concepts go public for medical tricorders, augmented reality glasses, smart watches (although how much we actually want them is up for debate) and Jurassic Park-style de-extinction. Now, enter levitation, which could very well be the next science fiction concept to hit it big.

If all goes as planned, it may soon be possible for pharmaceutical researchers to levitate molecules in mid-air and for city planners to build super-fast transportation networks filled with levitating vehicles.

The latest development is the ability of Swiss researchers to use sound waves to levitate —  and then move — particles and objects in mid-air. Turns out, all acoustic levitation requires is blasting out sound at extremely loud levels (160 decibels – the deafening sound of a rocket launch) at a high enough frequency (24,000 hertz – the frequency of a dog whistle) that the human ear can’t detect. When those two conditions are met, some fascinating things start to happen. If you thought that gravity was the strongest force in the universe, think again – the Swiss researchers were able to defy gravity and move objects around a chess board-like device, mix particles in mid-air without touching them, and even levitate a toothpick…

[continues in the Washington Post]


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12 Comments on "Levitation Technology Moving From Sci Fi To Reality"

  1. Ted Heistman | Jul 19, 2013 at 10:10 am |

    This technology has been suppressed since the probably before the 1960’s


    • BuzzCoastin | Jul 19, 2013 at 11:03 am |

      since before Roswell
      but suppressed none the less
      by the rocket and engine crowd & their parasites

      • Ted Heistman | Jul 19, 2013 at 11:22 am |

        The guy in the video levitated a ping pong ball using old stereo equipment in his garage in 1963 I think. He also test flew a flying saucer built by a protege of Tesla. He and Otis Carr believed they could create Floating cities. They were told by Federal agents. “you put floating buildings up and we will shoot them down!”

        • BuzzCoastin | Jul 19, 2013 at 11:27 am |

          some technology suppression is a good thing
          the rate of change is happening too fast
          but the Nazi’s & their partner Der Homeland
          have been working on this since the 30’s
          I’ve seen tests of this technology from afar
          but in locations that that are military controlled
          with few prying eyes to see

  2. emperorreagan | Jul 19, 2013 at 11:02 am |

    Talking about levitating trains is funny when US infrastructure is poorly maintained and decades behind the times.

    There are tons of things that are technically possible…but when basic bridge maintenance is too complicated and expensive for the country to figure out, the only thing you have to look forward to is the chance of ending up stuck in a ravine someplace.

    • Lookinfor Buford | Jul 19, 2013 at 3:25 pm |

      Of all US bridge failures in the last 12 years, here’s how the causes break down

      * Accident/Human Error causing direct bridge damage: 11
      * Extreme Acts of God causing direct bridge damage: 2
      * Bridge failing due to faulty or insufficient engineering:1

      This 1 bad piece of bridge building killed 13, and injured 100+. It’s also the one we all heard about when the stimulus was being rammed down our throats. Minneapolis I-35.

      Before Minneapolis, the last bridge to actually take a human life and which failed due to shoddy engineering was in 1995. Before that, 1989. A look at the same stats in the bridge-building countries of the world would disappoint you, I think. I’m not sure what/which Times you asserting we are behind.

      I parry

      • emperorreagan | Jul 19, 2013 at 3:51 pm |

        Here is the ASCE’s report card on American infrastructure: http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/. There’s an overall failure to invest in both maintenance and updates to infrastructure in the US.

        Specifically for bridges:

        11% of the bridges in the country are structurally deficient. See state by state list here: http://t4america.org/resources/bridges/ If you only include bridges in the national highway system, they fare better overall, per the Department of Transportation: http://www.oig.dot.gov/sites/dot/files/pdfdocs/OIG_Final_Bridge_Hearing_Statement_090507.pdf

        Ending up in a ravine was, of course, hyperbole.

      • emperorreagan | Jul 19, 2013 at 8:39 pm |

        Links to follow whenever they’re approved, but the point is this:

        The DOT, American Society of Civil Engineers, and various watch dog groups point out the state of the infrastructure and the consensus is that it is in poor condition.

        Actual failures are not a necessary condition for something to either be in poor condition or to be in need of modernization.

        • Lookinfor Buford | Jul 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm |

          DOT, ASCE, no ulterior motives there, huh?

          • emperorreagan | Jul 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm |

            You can choose to believe the people that write the standards, design the structures and systems, & oversee the maintenance thereof or not.

            If not, then I hope your army of magical little fairies is good at structural engineering.

  3. Anarchy Pony | Jul 19, 2013 at 11:26 am |

    I’m sure wildlife will enjoy all the high frequency sounds soon to be employed by these dumb hairless monkeys so they can float.

  4. Richie Sun | Jul 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm |

    This is fucken Coral Castles and Pyramids all over again.

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