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28th October 2002, 07:03 PM
Hello, fellow wipers!
Apologies all around if someone already covered this. I checked and it looks like fresh news for the forum. Admins, please delete if this is redundant. Thanks!

This is an article from http://www.business2.com about the latest AG flap. It's fun to watch science fiction become science fact right before our eyes, eh?

Go, Qirex!!!!

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Did Newton Get It Wrong?
Evgeny Podkletnov's antigravity technology may sound far-fetched, but it's attracting serious interest from the likes of NASA and Boeing.
By Matthew Maier, October 2002 Issue

Russian scientist Evgeny Podkletnov is challenging one of the most sacred tenets of physics -- the law of gravity. Podkletnov claims that when objects are placed above a high-temperature, superconducting ceramic disk rotating within an electromagnetic field, the objects lose as much as 2 percent of their original weight. He calls the effect "gravity shielding," and when word of his research reached the public in 1996, a brief media circus ensued. Many in the physics community dismissed his effort as wishful thinking.

Now, however, several mainstream organizations -- including Boeing (BA), NASA, and British aerospace giant BAE Systems (BAESY) -- are lending fresh credibility to Podkletnov's claims. Phantom Works, Boeing's top-secret R&D arm, recently disclosed that it is monitoring his research. "We've seen his work, and we'd like to see it developed further," says Boeing spokesman Dave Phillips. Meanwhile, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center has awarded a $600,000 contract to Ohio-based Superconductive Components in an attempt to build its own version of Podkletnov's gravity-shielding device -- the effort should be complete later this year.

So far, other scientists have been unable to duplicate Podkletnov's results. But the appeal of such a device remains irresistible. Applications may include space transportation (for rocketless propulsion), missile defense (to alter the trajectory of incoming threats), or even gravity-beam weapons (pulverizing objects by subjecting them to massive G forces). "Clearly, we don't know all there is to know about gravity," says NASA project manager Ron Koczor. "But I have a gut sense the shielding effect could be real." If so, gravity could one day become an even greater force to be reckoned with.

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28th October 2002, 10:20 PM
''gravity could one day become an even greater force to be reckoned with. ''
or an even weaker one