Scientists working on behalf of NASA have successfully levitated a mouse using a strong magnetic field. I pay taxes so that stuff like this can happen. I don't hate animals. It's for understanding microgravity better, ok?
The effort is part of NASA's desire to investigate how the human body can cope with long-term low gravity situations, for long stints on the ISS and future trips beyond our own moon. One way to model microgravity is to apply a strong magnetic field that opposes gravity, which repels the water in animals' bodies and levitates them slightly.
Although mice might initially freak out (understandably--I bet they got some levitating mouse pee, too), they were able to adjust to a levitated lifestyle in about four hours. Scientists have previously levitated frogs and grasshoppers, but a mammal model is more useful for learning about gravity's effects on humans.
I only wish that NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab had a video or a photo from a better angle (yes, I asked). And someday when someone powers up a human-sized version, I want a ride.
[Via Live Science]
this just in, in a bid to go greem popsci recycles news about maglev mouse. :/
lol i want to ride that!
I have to imagine that the little-known health effects from floating in a gigatesla field would far outweigh whatever you might learn about an animal's response to microgravity. Nifty parlour trick though.
Parlour trick or not I support this type of research. If we limit science to things that we already understand and can supply a practical business justification for then scientists become nothing more then businessmen. If this helps us understand the human body and what makes us work then I say go for it.
amazing... if our body can with stand no gravity in space why do you think our body won't with stand little gravity. This is obviously a great thing. Now when we space travel we can control polarity on the space ships and oon the space stations.. now we wont have to stay in tanks when we get back to earth to stablize body.
A frog was levitated years ago now a mouse so what, it's just the diamagnetic properties of the water in body that makes it happen, it was a neat parlor trick years ago. Done that not such a big deal anymore and as someone else has alluded to it takes a lot of Tesla's to make it happen. These types of strong magnetic fields are dangerous to humans.
Didn't they take mice up to the international space station already and what about all those humans up there for over 50 years haven't they learned anything from that yet???
For those who want to see a video of how it works here is a frog freaking out from being levitated.
Old news. thanks popsci it was more interesting when it was done with pizza years ago. im off to apply for a job in old news.... wish me luck
Old news. thanks popsci it was more interesting when it was done with pizza years ago. i think if NASA watched the discovery channel we might well have a resort on mars. im off to apply for a job in old news.... wish me luck.
Awesome. Finally something that can help me get out of bed in the morning.
id like some details on this...
personally this is my first time reading about this...
can anyone see any industrieal application to this?
I'll be more impressed when we can use magnets to levitate a train ... oh yea, we can do that already!
Take the mouse to the ISS ...
Fact is, this is too new to be useful to us in our current slated and prospective missions. While I personally hold very high hopes for electromagnetics as it applies to boosting mass, I can't help but be disappointed in our progress thus far. Call me a dreamer, but I hoped for much more in this area that we have put so much into and received so little from. Science with pointless application is just play. Got another billion? Bird. Another 2? Guinea pig. 15? A cat, 25, a dog, 50 gets us a flying monkey, and in 75 yrs, for only one more installment of the bargain price of 225 BILLION we might get to a small human. BUT only if we act now, right?
I think this is fantastic, It may be old news to some of you but for some of us this is the first time we have seen it.
Wow this is simply amazing.
I am all for animal testing in the proper environments and for the right reasons.
Being able to levitate, not like David Blaine, would be freaking cool.
Hopefully they will further develop this and it will be of benefit to all mankind.
I wonder what the physiological effects of being levitated like this are for a person long term. I don't think I would like to be the Guinnea Pig!