Do you remember the scene on the movie of Pirates of the Caribbean wherein the boats floated upside down? This gravity-defying scene might have had you in awe especially if you watched in on 3D and with the special sound effects in the cinema. But what would you say if it happened in real life?
Guess what? That is what a team of French scientists decided to do in an experiment to test their gravity-defying findings.
Their experiment included the use of a mixture of glycerol and silicon oil. They were able to create a so-called ‘levitating fluid’ in which a tiny boat was able to float above and below it.
According to a report by Victor Tangermann on the_byte, the scientists were able to achieve this by using vibrations of more than 100 times a second which led to the mixture being suspended in the air.
The experiment yielded uncanny results. First, because the air below the liquid is denser, an object results in getting pushed into the floating liquid from below. Another is that the experiment needs to have a delicate balance in order not to disrupt the effect.
As of writing, there is no practical use for the experiment and its findings yet. However, as Tangermann suggests, it can be applied to many situations. One is that it can help keep certain gases levitating in fluids which are mainly intended for industrial purposes. It might be proven helpful for mineral processing and waste-water treatment facilities.
As the writer wraps up their article, he cited the researchers’ delight in the findings. They found it counterintuitive and shared that they are grateful that the general public is talking about it.