The human centrifuge has been a staple of space cinema and Bond movies for decades, and they're still used to prepare astronauts and pilots for the effects of gravity shifts. But this Polish version has an extra-special trick up its sleeve, to to make your guts spin almost as fast as it does.
Just because we can't fry food in the vacuum of space doesn't mean that the entire universe has to be devoid of its greasy wonder. In fact, turns out us Earthlings live in an environment damned to produce subpar french fries without even realizing it. According to a new study, if you're really jonesing for the good…
Cool photo from Sandia National Laboratories of what appears to be some exotic plasma cannon to be installed in the first US star destroyer—until your dreams are destroyed when you read the caption: it's a centrifuge "used to simulate gravity for re-entry situations."
"A strong wind is produced as the centrifuge induces a cyclone...The smell of boiling insulation emanates from the overloaded 25 amp cables. If not perfectly adjusted and lubricated, it will shred the teeth off brass gears in under a second."
Experiments are showing that muscle loss caused by prolonged periods spent in zero gravity could be prevented (or at least lessened) by daily spins in a centrifuge. Just thinking about this makes me nauseated, so there goes being an astronaut.
If you came here to see bulging eyes and dudes passing out, you are in luck. OObject's centerfuge collection has em'. One guy even held 10Gs for 3 minutes. Impressive. [OObject]
This DIY electric centrifuge BB gun may be from a 1963 issue of Pop Mech. And it's more of a toy than the full on killing machine that the Dread centrifuge gun is. But that doesn't mean it can't hurl pellets at ridiculous velocity. According to the article, the muzzle velocity will reach 5,000 feet per second, which…