• Quantum Levitation

    by  • September 13, 2010 • science • 4 Comments

    “U.S. scientists have found a way to levitate the very smallest objects using the strange forces of quantum mechanics, and said on Wednesday they might use it to help make tiny nanotechnology machines.”

    Don’t you love popular science reporting? Who would ever have guessed that nanotechnology machines were “tiny”? And what about those “strange forces” of quantum mechanics? Spooky.

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    4 Responses to Quantum Levitation

    1. Tim Lebbon
      September 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm

      Today I watched Robert Anton Wilson on YouTube explaining quantum mechanics. It made me smile … then frown … then say, ‘huh?’

    2. Geoff
      September 14, 2010 at 12:36 am

      Is it only me , or is Quantum thinking now taking on the mantle of a Religion . There are so many more Internet Gurus selling their meta – physical , zero point field wares .
      Faith is all you empirically need !
      Interesting times……….the hallowed smell of sparking electrical circuitry . Be wary when religion and science ride in the same wagon . It will make Omega men of all of us .

    3. September 14, 2010 at 3:00 am

      Science Reporting example:

      Headline #1: Evolution exposed, Darwin was wrong.

      Headline #2: Missing link fossil confounds scientists.

      Actual story: 80 years after its initial discovery, archived transitional fossil re-discovered during museum renovations.

      That’s pretty much how it goes. I depend so much on the blogosphere to get the real spin on the news, especially science new. My examples are made up and slightly exaggerated, but not by much.

    4. September 14, 2010 at 8:14 am

      @Justin I totally agree. I used to be a print journalist, and one of the things that used to drive me crazy was how everything had to be dumbed down or twisted to such a subhuman degree because most people I worked with didn’t understand science.

      @Tim RAW is great – one of the first writers really to have fun with quantum stuff.

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