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NASA Still Trying to Verify Anti-Gravity Claims 430

uncoda writes "The L.A. Times has an article about NASA research into a phenomenon in which the effect of gravity is supposedly reduced. It sounds like cold fusion or polywater to me, but who knows?" We've posted two previous stories about Podkletnov's research: one from a couple of years ago and another more recently.
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NASA Still Trying to Verify Anti-Gravity Claims

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  • by Mr.Coffee ( 168480 ) <Mr@Coffee.newyorkcity@com> on Monday March 25, 2002 @02:38AM (#3219544) Homepage
    i swear to god that cat's must have these things in them.

    which brings up a point in itself, the age old open-faced peanut butter sandwhich on the back of a cat argument.
  • by bollocks ( 80650 ) on Monday March 25, 2002 @02:40AM (#3219556)
    Would your lunch be 2% of your weight?
  • by Jucius Maximus ( 229128 ) <m4encxb2sw@snkma[ ]com ['il.' in gap]> on Monday March 25, 2002 @02:44AM (#3219583) Journal
    There will be a whole new rush of 'effortless weight loss' products on the market. (Not mass loss.)
  • by Zspdude ( 531908 ) on Monday March 25, 2002 @02:50AM (#3219606) Homepage
    Is this just me or is there a grain of truth to this.... Once again we see Humans trying to break another law. No matter what the law, or how important it is, we want to break it. Gravity, conservation of energy, prohibition: pick a law and humans can be seen diligently trying to disobey it. Is it good for us to do so? We don't care, just as long as no-one ever tells us what to do. Oh well, we've been dangerously willful beings thus far and I guess since we're still hanging around... Maybe we're just lucky punks.
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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 25, 2002 @02:51AM (#3219612)
    On a note related to your cat-sandiwch complex: As kids, we wanted to see what would happen if you placed a slinky on an escalator. We reckoned that the slinky would fall forever, if it fell in synch with the escalator. One day we tried it out. We went to the mall, slinky in hand, and we dropped the slinky on the escalator and retreated to watch from the floor above. Our slinky stopped working a few seconds later and before we could reach it, got caught in the top of the escalator.
  • by oo7tushar ( 311912 ) <> on Monday March 25, 2002 @03:02AM (#3219663) Homepage
    will finally get their flying car, perhaps from the german scientist? []
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 25, 2002 @03:34AM (#3219740)
    I know this may be a tad offtopic (PLEASE DO NOT MODERATE AT ALL), but there is an interesting funny "flying car" video here []. It is written by Kevin Smith (Mallrats, Clerks, etc.) and it features the guys from Clerks.
  • by Linuxthess ( 529239 ) on Monday March 25, 2002 @03:48AM (#3219778) Journal
    For a second I thought it was April 1st.

    The article states "The Podkletnov effect suggests it may be possible to effectively reduce the mass of the ship, thereby reducing the overall energy needed for acceleration."

    Now as every semi-educated idiot knows, Mass and Weight are two different measures. Mass is an immutable constant, while weight is strictly based on the strength of the gravational field.

    In other words wieght can vary, but mass will never.

    I did a Google search on this "paranoid" scientist and I couldn't find anything negative.

  • by gnovos ( 447128 ) <> on Monday March 25, 2002 @03:59AM (#3219804) Homepage Journal
    Yes, in space your weight will be reduced by 2% by this device. Since you "weigh" zero, and 2% of zero is also zero, it won't seem like much...
  • by drik00 ( 526104 ) on Monday March 25, 2002 @04:27AM (#3219868) Homepage
    not to totally "me too" here about the gravity/mass thing, but, did anyone else find it ironic/funny that such a grossly innaccurate statement was made by a reader named "quantaman"?

    Just an observation.

  • by Bronster ( 13157 ) <> on Monday March 25, 2002 @04:58AM (#3219922) Homepage
    I love how the web has made every Kook with a website an "Editor"

    As opposed to the printing press?

    (totally off topic - but all the web has done has made it even easier to be a kook)

    Bron (Scientific Advisor:, On The Web, In Crayon)
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 25, 2002 @05:01AM (#3219926)
    My setup is by far much simpler. A desk fan rotating at about 1000 RPM blowing air upwards at room temperature. A polystyrene ball of diameter aproximately 2 cm placed over it will lose weight by at least 50 %. And guess what, it costs about 0% of $600K to setup but it actually works. And you don't need very precise conditions.

    Where is my Nobel prize!

    --Real inovations in science make things easier to understand not more complicated
  • by Carp Flounderson ( 542291 ) on Monday March 25, 2002 @05:06AM (#3219941) Homepage
    I'm going to follow this insight of yours and derive a new branch of crackpottery based on rotating squares.
  • by Alex Reynolds ( 102024 ) on Monday March 25, 2002 @05:17AM (#3219980) Homepage
    The food in Finland is an excellent way to lose mass! I lost a great deal of weight from being immersed in a repulsive Finnish Electro-herring Field for two weeks. I was then subjected to a four hour experiment involving approximately 1.5 liters of vodka and a sauna. I spun around, vomited profusely and eventually lost more than 2% of my body mass! Finland rocks!
  • by Paradise Pete ( 33184 ) on Monday March 25, 2002 @05:48AM (#3220066) Journal
    If you witness/measure less gravitational force in a system, you can conclude at least one of three things

    Actually my wife found a handy little dial on the bottom of her scale that lets her reduce the apparent mass at will. It's especially effective after parties the night before.

  • cross post (Score:2, Funny)

    by Prowl ( 554277 ) on Monday March 25, 2002 @05:50AM (#3220073)
    shouldn't this belong in the "outrageous vendor lies" thread.

    still, i won't have to worry about my diet...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 25, 2002 @05:52AM (#3220079)
    "Using current rocket technology," they note, "a trip to the next star would easily consume the mass-energy equivalent of a planet in order to arrive within a reasonable lifetime." Technologies like nuclear fission and fusion offer some hope, "but still will not support the 'Star Trek' vision of space exploration."

    I'm not sure what this anti-gravity thing has to do with having hot chicks in space.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 25, 2002 @12:09PM (#3221458)
    I invented an antigravity machine, but it floated away.
  • Re:DBZ (Score:3, Funny)

    by NanoGator ( 522640 ) on Monday March 25, 2002 @05:13PM (#3224020) Homepage Journal
    So can a bow-flex! Heh =)

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