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Does a magnetically suspended frog feel weightless?

Magnetic levitation has been used to suspend frogs in midair. I was wondering: Does the animal still feel gravitational pull? I mean: Does the frog feel like an astronaut on the ISS, or does he feel ...
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Is it possible to levitate a toy maglev train using only permanent magnets as long as the train stays in motion?

I am fascinated with magnets, and specifically the idea of magnetic levitation. I recently purchased a Levitron toy maglev train and have enjoyed finding the perfect sweet spot at which it levitates, ...
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How does quantum trapping with diamagnets work?

I just saw this demonstration by someone from a Tel Aviv University lab. What they achieved there is mind blowing. I myself own a levitron that uses the Hall effect to levitate a magnet, the problem ...
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Can molten metal be suspended in air?

I wondered if magnets could be used to hold a drop of molten liquid metal in air (not for any particular reason just because it could be done), but was disappointed when a quick Google search showed ...
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Can water be magnetized?

This may be a stupid question, so feel free to shoot it down. Assuming all atoms have a magnetic moment, I would assume the water molecule too would have a resultant magnetic moment; ergo, it may be ...
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Physics of donut magnets levitating vertically on a pencil?

When you put identical donut magnets on a pencil horizontally, the magnets all repel from each other in a way that creates equal spacing between each magnet. However, spacing is not equal when the ...
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What is the missing proportionality constant in the magnetic levitation formula?

The formula for magnetic levitation is $$ B \frac{dB}{dz} = \frac{ \rho g }{\chi} $$ but as always, I have a hard time figuring the units in SI. The left hand side is $\mathrm{T^2 /m}$, while $\chi$ ...
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Magnetic Levitation For Space Travel

At 1 G, we feel at home. At 5 G's, normal people can stay awake. At 9 G's, trained pilots with G-suits can stay awake. At 25 G's, R.I.P. Unfortunately, these numbers are limiting for space travel, ...
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How can I cause a levitating magnet to rotate?

I have a device like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA_hw_lY-OY (All of them work the same) Here's an image: I want to make it spin without touching it with hands. I tried using magnets ...
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How do magnetically levitated trains (maglevs) stay on the tracks?

Just went on one yesterday, and had a bit of a thrill. And I was musing on the fact that electromagnetic forces are so strong, that they can keep a whole train up in the air. But then, wouldn't ...
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Quantum levitation (locking) 3mm thick disk could carry 1000kg small car claim

I watched this TED presentation: http://www.ted.com/talks/boaz_almog_levitates_a_superconductor.html It is about superconductivity and quantum levitation. It tells that super-thin, three-inch disk ...
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A correct explanation for the levitation of a superconductor above a magnet [duplicate]

I teach high school physics and I'm trying to put together a correct explanation for the levitation of a superconductor above a magnet without a high level of quantum mechanics (but consistent). I ...
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Can I levitate soon?

Whereas I have seen frogs fly in high magnetic fields and Sumo ringers stand on high-temperature superconductors it seems that these are not the only forms of levitation. Recently a group of ...
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How to figure out the magnets needed to repulse a given weight?

Given a weight. Is it possible to determine what strength of magnet and what width, length and thickness would be needed in order to repulse that weight a given height? If so, how? To be clear: Two ...
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Remotely changing superconductor levitation height?

I want to be able to modify the height of a quantum locked superconductor. My original plan was to levitate the superconductor over an electromagnet and modify the current to said magnet (increase the ...
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What gives Maglev trains forward horizontal motion?

Maglev trains have superconductors which are immune to magnetic field lines with low enough temperature. Due to this property, they levitate on magnetic rails as magnetic field lines are bended below ...
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Bottom magnetic levitation

There are many decorative devices, that keep a small metal sphere levitating in air by attracting it to a top electromagnetic coil while monitoring their height by optical sensors. There is also the ...
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Can effect of gravity be broken (counteracted) by electric force?

Can we make a jacket using an electronic circuit that uses electric force to cancel the effect of gravity so that we get lifted in air.
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How possible is liberal human flight using a flying superconductor bed?

I saw a video by Michio Kaku, showcasing levitation of a small object with a superconductor cooled by liquid nitrogen. It's the same technology used by some trains. Hypothetically, how possible is it ...
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Energy conservation in diamagnetic levitation

How do we account for conservation of energy in diamagnetic levitation when no external energy is required?
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How can Superconductivity materials levitate permanent magnet?

I have thought that by eddy current. But how eddy current in superconductivity materials can be generated by using permanent magnet?
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How do you levitate a foam rock? ('Endless Second' artwork)

I saw this in an art museum: How is this possible? The materials used to make this were foam, wood, stone dust, paint, electromagnets, and metal. I would like to know how this was make and how I ...
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Earnshaw's Theorem for ferromagnets

Why is Earnshaw's Theorem inapplicable for moving ferromagnets? Can I get a mathematical classical proof for this?