Did you know a cheap red laser pointer is good for more than just annoying people at a movie theater? As YouTube’s Styropyro, aka Drake Anthony, demonstrates, by focusing the beam you can actually use it to lift and levitate tiny specs of diamond dust, similar to how Star Trek’s tractor beams seemingly work.
He might have billions of dollars, a company that promises to revolutionize space travel, and an upgraded full head of hair, but Elon Musk’s Hyperloop will never be as cool as this superconducting quantum levitation Möbius strip race track created by students at Ithaca College’s Low Temperature Physics Lab.
Using sound frequencies above the human threshold for hearing, scientists have successfully levitated a two-inch sphere made from polystyrene.
Bubbles, magnetic levitation, and gyroscopes — there’s tons of super-cool DIY physics at work in the Levitron. Created by Dustin Skye, it’s a spinning top floating in mid-air inside a smoke-filled bubble, all for your viewing pleasure.
Okay, this pumpkin isn't carved but still, it's freaking floating in the air! Therefore under the rule known as things that can float in the air can be called whatever they want, I name this levitating pumpkin the best and spookiest and awesomest and nerdiest Jack O' Lantern of Halloween.
Science and electrical engineering types might have a list of practical uses for superconductors a mile long, but the rest of us really only care about how they can make things magically levitate. Just imagine if a company like Lionel revealed a levitating train set available in time for the holidays, the demand for…
These Prague street performers have pulled off one of the finest executions of the levitating man illusion you will ever see. For those of you who hate fun and wonder, we've got the secret — and the physics — behind this ancient trick.
Right now, a couple of feet above the surface of the Moon, a layer of dust is levitating. This is not a new development. Early photos of the Moon show the same phenomenon. What makes this dust float without air?
What do you get if you take some magnets, superconductors, and liquid nitrogen, and a slow-mo camera to film them with? This kind of magical footage is what.
Using ultrasound, a team of Japanese scientists has levitated small particles, and moved them around mid-air. It's incredible to see.
Though this prank video is an obvious attempt at force inducing viral-ity by Pepsi Max, it's still a pretty fun watch. The magician Dynamo tricks people into thinking he can levitate by 'magically' following a bus around as it moves across London. Watch people freak out when they see him float.
It's all explainable via science, but if you replace your typical cornucopia centerpiece with this floating steel plate supporting a glowing wireless candelabra, your dinner guests will be too blown away to notice your dry turkey and lumpy gravy.
The demonstration in the video may seem like MAGIC! but it's real: scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory are employing a levitation machine that uses sound waves to make liquids float and create "more effective pharmaceuticals with fewer side effects."
Just one, as Chris Reigler, an electrical engineering student from the University of Queensland in Australia, discovered. His floating LevLight project could one day revolutionize the way we change burnt out light bulbs, and make thousands of "how many X does it take to change a light bulb?" jokes completely moot.
Attractive forces are for suckers. At least that's what Tokyo photographer Natsumi Hayashi would have you believe. These anti-grav self portraits are just some of the daily "levitations" posted by Hayashi on her photoblog. Notably, these pictures aren't doctored in any way, with Hayashi preferring to rely on good…
Okay, internet—I'm not going to let you break my heart again. I know this is almost certainly fake—the product of a CGI firm. But even so, it's beautiful and amazing, and you can't rob me of that.
Man can fly, but he can't yet levitate. Maybe that's why these 98 photos of levitation—using Photoshop only to remove the strings—are so striking.