What questions do I need to ask?

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« on: 29/07/2011 01:48:37 »
I may have to opportunity to meet someone quite special in the near future.  He is supposedly a true genius and has already invented some new devices that have been scientifically tested and are now used in research, can't say anymore on that as I might identify him!

I have been told that this person has invented a way of making 1000kg of solid metal levitate on any surface using a 1.5v battery.

I would like to know what kind of questions I should ask this individual with regard to his invention?  I mean serious scientific questions that I can pose to him in order to ascertain how he might have achieved this phenomenal claim...... in my opinion this could be a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and yes I am very skeptical but as a scientist I must keep an open mind...  [;D]
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. (Einstein)

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« Reply #1 on: 29/07/2011 02:43:02 »
Your “inventor” sounds like they are doing an anti-gravity scam.

Don‘t open your wallet.

Does any of this sound familiar ? ...

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Some warning signs of crackpot or fraudulent inventions ...
http://www.ka9q.net/crackpots/  [bottom of page]
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« Reply #2 on: 29/07/2011 03:12:23 »
Hey thanks RD, don't worry I have no intention of opening my wallet but it's good to be told just in case he is very convincing.  Still I would like to know what I should ask him so as to either make him very uncomfortable or learn what he has accomplished so I can share it..  [:o]
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. (Einstein)

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« Reply #3 on: 30/07/2011 00:44:21 »
If I was you, I'd ask to actually SEE the invention.

"A 1.5v battery."?

I was envisioning a D-Cell.  But, I know that one can get 2.1V batteries that are HUGE, in excess of 300 lbs each. 

Anyway, bring a yardstick, or a piece of lath, or maybe some string with you for the inspection so you can verify that there is nothing above or below the gizmo. 

With a perfect seal, I could design a compressor running on a single D-Cell battery that would lift a ton.

Also, are you allowed to move the apparatus to a different location?

Get a few of these, and you can make a huge object levitate.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Strong-neodymium-magnets-n52-HUGE-1500-pull-force-/140536262892

You would have to match like poles...  S to S, or N to N.

Make sure you have a compass, or a small piece of mild steel in your pocket.

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« Reply #4 on: 30/07/2011 04:47:20 »
This 1000Kg lump of metal, it's not rotating is it ? ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spin_stabilized_magnetic_levitation

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« Reply #5 on: 30/07/2011 04:55:17 »
Under no circumstances open your wallet!

(Unless it's to me of course. I'll be happy to give you a tour of my very dodgy groundbreaking inventions for a very reasonable fee.)
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