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Date: 02/19/09 09:40 AM

67 Responses to Magnet and Ball Bearing Demonstration

  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    February 19, 2009 at 10:00 am
    Link: Magnet and Ball Bearing Demonstration - Scientists invent a machine that control tiny ball bearings in a powerful magnetic field precisely to draw 3D images.
  2. Profile photo of trailleadr
    trailleadr Male 40-49
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    February 19, 2009 at 10:08 am
    Unless I`m mistaken, these are on strings, and are a display at either BMW, or Mercedes Benz. (I forget which), but it`s not magnets. Cool just the same tho.
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    PeproniPizza Male 13-17
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    February 19, 2009 at 10:09 am
    I reminds me of that X-Men map thingie from the movie.
  4. Profile photo of ScottSerious
    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 10:10 am
    if thats not fake, and i kinda wanna say it might be, it is the coolest thing in the world. it`s one of those things that i`d have to see myself to believe. anyone wanna come with?
  5. Profile photo of ScottSerious
    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 10:10 am
    what would happen if i jumped in there, would i float too.
  6. Profile photo of Zombiemike
    Zombiemike Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 10:10 am
    yeah, this doesn`t have anything to do with magnets, this was a display at BMW, and they are all on strings.

    kinda cool though, nonetheless.

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    Tiredofnicks Male 30-39
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    February 19, 2009 at 10:11 am
    Shenanigans. The display is real, the description isn`t. trailleadr is absolutely correct.
  8. Profile photo of Dagnarus
    Dagnarus Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 10:13 am
    Trail you beat me to it. Was gunna say something along those lines...
  9. Profile photo of Habute
    Habute Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 10:33 am
    Certainly interesting looking...
  10. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 10:54 am
    cool. I suppose.
  11. Profile photo of gibb0
    gibb0 Male 13-17
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    February 19, 2009 at 11:11 am
    Even with the strings this is awesome.
  12. Profile photo of almightybob1
    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 11:37 am
    LMAO @ description. Hurray for no knowledge of magnetism!
  13. Profile photo of Animecha
    Animecha Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 11:40 am
    Reading the most recent comments I take it people realize this isn`t something made by scientists, that it`s known as a kinetic sculpture, and that it uses strings.

    Might I also add that i find it annoying when people post things with inaccurate or deceptive descriptions.

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    habbazoot
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    February 19, 2009 at 12:19 pm
    anyone else want to just run through it?
  15. Profile photo of bingo5765
    bingo5765 Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 12:25 pm
    this is an old post, and its done with strings.
  16. Profile photo of parkm
    parkm Male 13-17
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    February 19, 2009 at 12:34 pm
    Did the poster even look up what the hell it was
    or just guess?
  17. Profile photo of router52000
    router52000 Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 12:38 pm
    you could (theroeticlly) do this with superconducting magnets but it would take WAY too much energy b/c you have to keep it cool(verry cool)
    the strings is more energy efficient.
  18. Profile photo of FecesinVCR
    FecesinVCR Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 1:03 pm
    Description fail.
  19. Profile photo of gozirra
    gozirra Male 40-49
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    February 19, 2009 at 1:11 pm
    Nice strings. Seen this before but still cool looking.
  20. Profile photo of osirisascend
    osirisascend Male 40-49
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    February 19, 2009 at 1:16 pm
    Who posted this with that totally wrong description??? More importantly, who ALLOWED it to be reposted with the idiotic description?
  21. Profile photo of osirisascend
    osirisascend Male 40-49
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    February 19, 2009 at 1:17 pm
    Oh Fancy... what were you thinking???
  22. Profile photo of Eldricht
    Eldricht Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 1:23 pm
    OMG WTF R U PPL TLKING ABUT, TIZ IZ REL. ITZ MAGENTZ

    Obvious sarcasm for the win.

    Strings, awesome xP

  23. Profile photo of osirisascend
    osirisascend Male 40-49
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    February 19, 2009 at 1:28 pm
    I see.

    Fancy is having a little fun at our expense...

  24. Profile photo of PianoMan21
    PianoMan21 Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 1:44 pm
    Apparently strings are magnets now.
  25. Profile photo of tannerb924
    tannerb924 Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 1:46 pm
    strings. but still kinda cool
  26. Profile photo of gcghost
    gcghost Male 30-39
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    February 19, 2009 at 2:28 pm
    Hey! This is totally possible with magnets so long as each ball bearing has a different charge. So you`ll have positive. negative, formative, knurlitive, squiblative, zambangdoozelative...
  27. Profile photo of primetimekin
    primetimekin Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 3:18 pm
    hehehe... balls
  28. Profile photo of kamietsu
    kamietsu Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 3:18 pm
    hello?! the strings are obviously photoshopped into that video.
  29. Profile photo of adamZ
    adamZ Male 13-17
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    February 19, 2009 at 3:20 pm
    There strings and cubes its a moving sculpture.
  30. Profile photo of tenty
    tenty Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 3:21 pm
    How long do you suppose it would take before this starts being used in the adult industry?
  31. Profile photo of SuperJesus
    SuperJesus Male 13-17
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    February 19, 2009 at 3:26 pm
    Yeah, it`s strings. Don`t make up sh*t to get your link more views.
  32. Profile photo of awesomo
    awesomo Male 13-17
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    February 19, 2009 at 3:48 pm
    lol @ superjesus telling FANCYLAD not to post fake description for more views. check the poster next time stupido.

    "Yeah, it`s strings. Don`t make up sh*t to get your link more views."

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    Kaagan Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 3:51 pm
    repost
  34. Profile photo of Khast
    Khast Male 30-39
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    February 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm
    I won`t be impressed unless they start playing some catchy chip-tune, with a text scroller.

    Vectorball demo!

  35. Profile photo of ZMDalph
    ZMDalph Male 13-17
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    February 19, 2009 at 4:34 pm
    if this is real then my mind has officaly been blown
  36. Profile photo of Pathfinders
    Pathfinders Male 13-17
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    February 19, 2009 at 4:35 pm
    Hey guys, just in case you didnt know, i think they used strings! not magnets!! 0.o
  37. Profile photo of -NeonCarrot-
    -NeonCarrot- Male 13-17
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    February 19, 2009 at 5:52 pm
    What would happen if you jumped in there?
  38. Profile photo of AnwarNova
    AnwarNova Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 6:07 pm
    scientist wouldn`t have made this. Engineers would have.
  39. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 6:11 pm
    Strings, magnets, same thing.

    >_>

    <_<

  40. Profile photo of Mah_Boi
    Mah_Boi Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 6:31 pm
    Pretty sure it`s real. Pretty sure it`s not magnets.
  41. Profile photo of jareddevour
    jareddevour Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 8:42 pm
    So....to sum up EVERYONE`s comments:

    1: Repost.
    2: Not Magnets.
    3: Caption Fails
    4: Repost.

  42. Profile photo of mrsayao
    mrsayao Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 9:00 pm
    Jared, Word.
  43. Profile photo of lostinmexico
    lostinmexico Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 9:02 pm
    Yea this was on Gizmodo like 6 months ago. They had the entire story there. It`s metal bearings hung from thin wire. Definitely not magnets. We`re advanced, yes. But not quite that advanced.
  44. Profile photo of dystopia04
    dystopia04 Female 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 9:23 pm
    even if its fake it stil looks cool
  45. Profile photo of Crucible
    Crucible Male 18-29
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    February 19, 2009 at 10:05 pm
    awhhh.
    I was all excited about magnets....

    Btw, those are just balls. Ball bearings are the things in rollerblade wheels, two rings with balls in between to allow them to spin independently from each other.
    As in, they bear balls. Ball bearings.
    Those were just metal spheres.

  46. Profile photo of TrixieBlue
    TrixieBlue Female 40-49
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    February 20, 2009 at 12:18 am
    lmao jared
  47. Profile photo of supersmall
    supersmall Male 18-29
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    February 20, 2009 at 2:09 am
    Work faster you lazy balls!
  48. Profile photo of keatonatron
    keatonatron Male 18-29
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    February 20, 2009 at 3:40 am
    The description for this video is a complete lie. How does something like that happen??
  49. Profile photo of Mossoi
    Mossoi Male 18-29
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    February 20, 2009 at 5:05 am
    The same incorrect title and description as when it was posted on LiveLeak yesterday. Don`t people even try before they submit anymore?
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    kronosbr Male 18-29
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    February 20, 2009 at 5:46 am
    pretty balls
  51. Profile photo of saisay
    saisay Male 30-39
    105 posts
    February 20, 2009 at 6:23 am
    Wow I want one of those.
  52. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    February 20, 2009 at 6:45 am
    This wasn`t string or magnets, strings would have tangled with each other when the top ones looped under the bottom ones, and magnetic fields wouldn`t be focusable enough to control one ball bearing. It was obviously done with telekinesis.
  53. Profile photo of Gortrok
    Gortrok Male 18-29
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    February 20, 2009 at 6:58 am
    They are actually strings; none of them loop over the others, it`s simply a good optical illusion. They`re rows of metal balls on strings controlled by electric motors connected to a computer that controls their movement. Ingenious.
  54. Profile photo of SnaveNareik
    SnaveNareik Male 13-17
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    February 20, 2009 at 7:14 am
    still no cure for cancer? yeah, nice work you scientist douchebags!
  55. Profile photo of antagonizer
    antagonizer Male 18-29
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    February 20, 2009 at 8:01 am
    I actually saw this exibit. It`s just balls on strings. Don`t know what the big deal. Has nothing to do with magnets.
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    February 20, 2009 at 12:35 pm
    FFS, it`s not magnets, it`s strings. The world is full of incredibly stupid people who know nothing about magnets, but are arrogant enough to assume they do.
  57. Profile photo of danthew
    danthew Male 18-29
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    February 20, 2009 at 5:01 pm
    well that was fake. Can`t repel a ball bearing, end of.
  58. Profile photo of xskullkidx
    xskullkidx Male 13-17
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    February 20, 2009 at 5:07 pm
    LOL

    Friday, February 20, 2009 5:01:51 PM
    well that was fake. Can`t repel a ball bearing, end of.

    its true..

  59. Profile photo of Insanity_cow
    Insanity_cow Female 18-29
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    February 20, 2009 at 9:02 pm
    those magnets looked alot like strings when i first saw them....
  60. Profile photo of Frogtango
    Frogtango Male 13-17
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    February 21, 2009 at 3:34 am
    well that was fake. Can`t repel a ball bearing, end of.

    Man that ruined the video. But i see your logic =(

  61. Profile photo of parkm
    parkm Male 13-17
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    February 21, 2009 at 6:10 am
    Dan,I didn`t even think of that.
    And they couldn`t be magnets,either,because they would attach to each other.
  62. Profile photo of CowbellPanda
    CowbellPanda Male 18-29
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    February 21, 2009 at 9:19 am
    could you fling those things at people?...that would be sweet! ^.^
  63. Profile photo of bmx_star
    bmx_star Male 18-29
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    February 21, 2009 at 9:48 am
    i was there for that and there is a magnetic platform on the ground and roof so the ball bearings can be pushed (repeled) or pulled (attracted)

    thanx guys

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    firefliet Female 18-29
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    February 21, 2009 at 11:58 am
    Are those ball-bearings made of a nonconductor that is still hard-magnetic? I also don`t think that magnetic flux lines could be lined up so perfectly and -not- interfere with one another. The calculations terrify me. PLUS, if you were using the right-hand rule at all, then you`d know that setting up a field parallel to the plane of force does nothing - it has to be perpendicular. Plus, the separation of charges in the ball would cause potential voltage, which would create current, which would create a magnetic field of it`s own, and according to Lenz` Law, the ball would just kind of hover there and not move. That is, if everything else was right in the first place.

    I think it`s just fishing line.

  65. Profile photo of gymjunkie
    gymjunkie Male 13-17
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    February 23, 2009 at 3:59 pm
    Wow. Whoever thinks this is magnetic propulsion is probably suffering from Necrotizing fasciitis of the brain...(not a true medical condition). This is a kinetic sculpture, not a scientific demonstration. If you cant see due to eye problems, there are strings attached to the ALUMINUM balls and there are motors in the ceiling lifting and lowering these balls in a coordinated manner in order to create the ornate figures. If there were such a thing as a magnetic field that can stay in a perfect vertical cylinder without affecting the space around it then we would already be flying to work and every thing involving magnetic fields would be so much more advanced. A magnetic field tries to connect to other magnetic fields around it creating one large magnetic field, therefore if this sculpture was created with magnetic platforms and iron/steel/cobalt/nickel/ some other magnetic alloy, they would me moving in one large glob.
  66. Profile photo of gymjunkie
    gymjunkie Male 13-17
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    February 23, 2009 at 4:02 pm
    If you don`t believe what `m saying, here is the information form a listing on a video website named VideoSift:

    "From BMW Museum in Munich. The kinetic sculpture consists of 714 ball bearings held up by string and moves to create some pretty cool 3D images."

    there...point proved.

  67. Profile photo of foreal
    foreal Male 18-29
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    September 4, 2009 at 12:42 am
    skf bearings

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