Gravity is an attractive force that affects and is effected by all mass and - in general relativity - energy, pressure and stress. Prefer newtonian-gravity or general-relativity if sensible.

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Could gravity be repulsive at short distances?

I was wondering if it would be consistent with empirical data if gravity became extremely repulsive at short distances. For example (please bear with my use of classical formulas, I know little of ...
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Anti-Gravity or Gravity Levitation or Gravity Manipulation Propulsion [on hold]

Why mankind has not leaped (or publicly acknowledged) much on anti gravity propulsion research ? I have read (seen in documentary as well) about Nazi's research about Bell shaped anti-gravity ...
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Would the presence of B-modes in the CMB provide evidence for quantum gravity?

Finding B-modes in the CMB (which aren't due to foreground contamination) would be evidence for gravitational waves, because they cannot be produced by density perturbations (to first order, is my ...
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Is possible to generate energy from gravity?

When the wind goes through the vanes of an wind turbine, it's generate energy. When the water goes through the water turbines, it's generate energy. So my question is short and simple, is possible ...
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how does gravity exist?explain in detail about the factors responsible for it? [on hold]

If gravity really exists,then, what are the basic factors that are responsible for it's existence?...i have some supporting statements to contradict the existance of gravity...and i have added my ...
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Why doesn't the light get out?

You're standing on a gedanken planet holding a laser pointer straight up. The light doesn't curve round, or slow down as it ascends, or fall down. It goes straight up. Now I wave my magic gedanken ...
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Force of gravity exerted by/on Earth/Sun in a given coordinate system - not sure about the question [on hold]

I have a question: At a certain time in a coordinate system, the Sun is at the origin and the Earth is at position angle 225 degrees. What is the force of the Sun on the Earth? What is the force ...
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If I am in an elevator, with a weight of 120, and I am descending at 8 m/s, what is my apparent weight? [on hold]

Suppose your weight is 120 lb. You are riding in an elevator in the Sears Tower while standing on a bathrooms scale and watching readings. Imagine that the elevator keeps descending at a constant ...
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Gravitoelectromagnetism higher-order effects

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravitoelectromagnetism#Higher-order_effects According to the Higher-order effects... "Gravitomagnetic arguments also predict that a flexible or fluid toroidal mass ...
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Will boomerang work in vacuum chamber on Earth?

Earth's gravity, the way we spin and air pressure are essential to have fun with the boomerang. Suppose we do same thing except in a vacuum chamber totally devoid of air will it still be able to ...
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Is there any way gravity can reflect light?

I know gravity leads to certain interesting optical phenomenon. I know light curves around a massive body, I know light red shifts if we look far enough in space. Is there any configuration that could ...
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how to make an equal-arm balance beam?

Use an equal-arm balance beam, with a 250 kg counterweight suspended 5 cm in the air on one end, and the mass to be moved just touching the ground on the other end. Energy storage is in gravitational ...
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Similar effect to gravity horizontally? [on hold]

I've been pondering this today. Say you have a moving vehicle, with enough space to move around in (say, an empty moving truck). How fast would it have to be going for you to jump and go flying across ...
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If I launch a coin, will it always fall down?

I was running in the university aisle (I was late for the statistics lesson) when I heard: "In normal condition there is a possiblity that if you launch a coin instead of falling down it'll go up". Is ...
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If the great pyramid was built in 20 yrs for Khufu, what forces were used for its building? [closed]

If the great pyramid was built in 20 yrs as they claim, this means that every 2.3 minutes a stone as heavy as a car was quarried, moved 500 miles up the nile river shaped, hoisted and set. This would ...
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How is the conservation of momentum satisfied in long-range attraction such as electromagnetism and gravity?

I'm not a physicist, but my understanding is that electromagnetism (including attraction between opposite charges) is mediated by the photon, and gravity is probably (hypothetized to be?) mediated by ...
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Does Gravity Act on Any and All Things in the Universe? [duplicate]

I'm studying physics, and the questions below popped up in my head. I learned that all objects on planet Earth fall due to the influence of gravity. A ball falls. A mug cup falls. A coin falls. ...
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Study the center and interior of a black hole using quantum entanglement

Having just watched the latest in a long line of space movies; Interstellar tries to combat the problem of studying the center of a black hole and understanding what's going on inside. My question is, ...
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Acceleration to lightspeed using gravity

Suppose we have a very advanced spaceship that (aside from colliding with planets or entering a blackhole) is indestructable, and can go very fast, but is incapable of moving at lightspeed on it's ...
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What causes light to travel through a curved fountain of water?

Today I observed a tilted fountain spurting water upward (the water fell smoothly; no detectable turbulence). A colored light was shown upward into the water as it left its source. This light traveled ...
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What observation(s)--if any--confirm that the types & concentrations of energy, which are influenced by gravity, are the same ones that cause gravity?

General relativity allows various forms of energy to participate in the gravitational force. What observation(s)--if any--confirm general relativity's notion that the various types & ...
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Real-world evidence that non-massive entities (or even: antiparticles), and their behaviors, are sources of gravity?

The theory of general relativity tells us that non-massive entities, and their behaviors, are possible sources of gravity. Mass isn't needed, the theory says. What's the real-world evidence that ...
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2 different density liquids in space

Lets say you are in deep space with basically zero gravity. You have a ball of water floating in front of you. If you carefully injected that ball with a syringe filled with vegetable oil, what ...
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What are Galileons good for?

Lately I've seen many papers on types of field theories known as Galileons, and I'm wondering what the motivation for studying them is. I often hear of them in the context of "well-behaved" IR ...
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Gravity in $d$ spacetime dimensions

Given the following action $$S=\frac{1}{16\pi G}\int d^4x \sqrt {-g}(R+aR^2+bR_{\mu\nu}R^{\mu\nu}+cR_{\mu\nu\lambda\sigma}R^{\mu\nu\lambda\sigma}),$$ which is in 4D. How to we generalise this ...
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Thought experiment on graviton breaking the speed of light [closed]

The effect of gravity travels at the speed of light. Suppose we can entangle a pair of gravitons (which are only theoretical, but who knows for sure?) and separate them over a vast distance. Hold on - ...
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Will a hot object have more gravity than a cold object?

Imagine two objects, identical and having the same mass. Now my question is, if you heat one object and do not do anything with the other object, will the hot object possess more gravity (because it ...
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Can energy bend space? [duplicate]

I know mass bends the space around it and I also remember matter can be converted into energy and vice versa, so my question is: can energy interact with space in a similar fashion as matter does?
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How to prove that the nonlinear completion of free massless spin-2 action must be Einstein-Hilbert action?

There is a saying that the nonlinear completion of free massless spin-2 action in Minkovski spacetime (that is Fierz-Pauli action) must be Einstein-Hilbert action up to Lovelock invariants. I find a ...
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A ball in the gravity potential field of a black hole — seems a paradox

As illustrated in the following diagram (A, B, C, D are 4 specified space points, and C is close to a black hole), a small ball at distance of a black hole is stationary (suppose now it's mass is m0) ...
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Deriving the Fierz-Pauli propagator

Fierz-Pauli action can be written as $$ S = \int d^Dx \; \frac{1}{2} h_{\mu \nu} \mathcal{O}^{\mu \nu, \alpha \beta}h_{\alpha \beta} $$ where the operator $$ \mathcal{O}^{\mu \nu} {}_{\alpha ...
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Heuristics for the Hawking mass

I have the following definition of Hawking Mass. Given a spacelike 2-surface $S$ embedded in a 3+1-dimensional Lorentzian Manifold $L$, $$ M(S) := \sqrt{ \frac{\text{Area}(S)}{16 \pi}} \left(1- \frac ...
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Non-linearity and self-coupling of gravity

I have heard that non-linearity of Einstein's field equations has to do with the fact that gravity self-couples. What does non-linearity have to do with self-coupling?
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Will an object always fall at an infinite speed in a black hole?

Most of you if not everybody will agree that the stronger the gravitational pull, the faster an object will fall. For example, on a planet with 50 times the gravity of Earth, any object will hit the ...
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A cup of water in ZERO gravity

What will happen if I try to pour a cup of water in zero gravity, into another empty cup? Will the water come out of the cup? The adhesive force between the water molecules and the interior of the cup ...
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Wouldn't dark matter throw off the calculation of Earth's 'light' mass and estimates of its composition?

The Cavendish experiment first determined the mass of the Earth and (arguably) the gravitational constant. However, given the ubiquitous nature of dark matter, it seems reasonable that at least some ...
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In theory, could gravitational waves be used to make a “gravity laser”?

The sources I've read compare gravitational waves to electromagnetic waves. I'm curious to what extent this is. In theory, could gravity be harnessed in similar ways to how we've used electromagnetic ...
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Why does weight affect acceleration with gravity

I'm sure this question has been asked before, but my question is different, because it can't be answered with some formulae. My question is, why do heavier objects decelerate faster when moving away ...
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Relativity of simultaneity in Galileo's Leaning Tower of Pisa experiment

Galileo's conclusion can be roughly summed up as: objects of different masses, when dropped from the same height, descend in the same time interval, independent on their masses (neglecting friction). ...
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Is there any gravitational force between two stationary neutrinos, a billion light years apart?

Gravity is supposed to act over an infinite distance. But if the force is very weak (due to low masses) and the distance is very far, is the force actually 0? Or is the force so low that it is ...
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Is gravity instantaneous? [duplicate]

I want to know if (hypothetically) a star appears out of nowhere at a certain distance (say 20 light seconds) away from me, how long will it take for me to get the feel of it's gravity? Will I know it ...
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Black hole area theorem and Hawking radiation

Black hole area theorem states that surface area of a black hole does not decrease with time (see page 10 of Introductory Lectures on Black Hole Thermodynamics, Ted Jacobson ...
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If we're holding hands, and you're inside the event horizon of a black hole, do we both fall in?

Imagine some science fiction scenario where two people are floating through space holding hands orbiting a black hole. If one person falls close enough to the black hole that they're within the event ...
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What level of mathematics would I need to understand the physics of a black hole? [duplicate]

I recently went to go see Interstellar and was awed by the visualizations of the wormhole and the black hole Gargantua. I read that noted physicist Kip Thorne was a consulting producer on the film. I ...
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Does a time-evolving gravitational field or potential have any important/interesting effects?

I have learned from classical electromagnetism that a time-evolving magnetic field gives rise to a contribution to an electric field, and vice-versa. Do gravitational fields have an analogous effect ...
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Is the influence of gravity greater than light? [duplicate]

As the influence of gravity is infinite throughout the universe.is the influence of its force on a body very far away faster than the speed of light.suppose a star dies...is the influence of its ...
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Gravity and the Speed of Light

Let's assume that I am on an airplane that is at about 4,000 altitude and now let's also assume that I am standing on one of the wings with a light torch, if I point the light torch below to the ...
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Can water falling from a tap follow a spiral path?

The faucet design depicted below is driving me crazy. The water falling from the tap appears to follow a spiral path. No one seems to agree whether it is physically possible for the water to spin in ...
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Hydro-electric gravity problem - Is there a air-resistance-like force affecting water flow down a mountain making placing hydro-electric ?

Say I have a theoretical mountain with a river starting exactly at the peak. Gravity would act on the water, accelerating it down the mountain. There would also be a force limiting the water's ...
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Why don't electrons fall on the ground, off the charged wire?

Please, don't mind if my question is silly, but I was always wondering... Imagine we have a negatively charged metailc wire. Let's assume it's just hanging on a thin rope. What force keeps electrons ...