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Re: Whatever became of this gravity shielding experiment?

Date: Tue Sep 7 18:15:49 1999
Posted By: Layne Johnson, Undergraduate
Area of science: Physics
ID: 936676606.Ph

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


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 

Many people are excited about superstring theories.  They're another 
promising development in understanding gravity and inertia.  A good site 
for these is


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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