What’s 15 minutes of fame worth to you? Are you willing to spend the rest of your life feeling like you just rode the Tilt-A-Whirl at the carnival for three weeks? Because strapping yourself into a spinning office chair powered by a pair of spraying nitrous tanks is likely going to scramble your brain, among other…
Inspired by an ancient toy, researchers from Stanford University have developed an ingenious hand-spun paper centrifuge. Incredibly, the device costs just 20 cents—and it can be used to detect malaria in blood in just 15 minutes.
Yesterday, we listed the seven basic methods scientists use to get rid of gravity. Today, we’d like to go in the opposite direction, and look at a tool used to introduce a high amount of gravity to a test subject: a centrifuge.
John Glenn is an American hero. He orbited the Earth at 17,526 mph and ain't scared of a damn thing—except, of course, the Johnsville human centrifuge. That "sadistic" machine terrified Glenn and his fellow astronauts for more than 50 years at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Pennsylvania. Here's how.