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About two months ago I received an e-mail linking me to this site: Tampere Experiment It's about the Tampere Anti-Gravity experiment, and has several good links at the end. Controversy Report is a report explaining the controversy surrounding the claim. In a nutshell, it claims the Tampere effect is nothing other than a well known (in scientific circles, anyway) property of superconductivity, and not a new discovery at all. I can't explain the lack of public enthusiasm about this discovery. Maybe George Lucas has taught us to only say "wow!" when science does something a movie studio can't. I can explain my own lack or enthusiasm. Two months ago I was deep into studying Dr. Hal Puthoff's papers on gravity and inertia being derivatives of the quantum zero-point energy field. In my mind, Dr. Puthoff's work is much more promising than the Tampere work, so I only read the web site above once, and it has sat in my trash file since then. Until I read your question, I hadn't even thought of it. It's a bad excuse, but it's the only one I've got. If you would like to read Dr. Puthoff's thoughts on engineering zero-point energy fields for spaceflight, try Puthoff We're getting close to understanding gravity and inertia. When I say "understanding", I don't mean just describing their effects. We've done that very well since Newton. I'm thinking of understanding what causes them, and once we have that down, manipulating them can't be too far away. Historically, it didn't take long between the time we discovered the sun was powered by a fusion reaction and the time we made fusion reactions ourselves. Many people are excited about superstring theories. They're another promising development in understanding gravity and inertia. A good site for these is Superstrings Despite all the theories going around, there still is no universally accepted explanation of gravity. Perhaps there won't be until some researcher succeeds in building an anti-gravity machine based upon his or her theory. When this happens, the Tampere experiment and the controversy surrounding it will almost certainly be understood. Layne Johnson
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