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Submitted by monkeyswithguns at 2008-11-06 15:16:47 EST
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SPT-Scientific Post Thursday


While driving to work from my lunchbreak, I had a brief moment of respite from the nasty sinus infection that everyone around here seems to have now. In a moment of clarity, the thought came to me:

"Why couldn't we harvest energy from the North and South magnetic poles?"

I've read somewhere in the past that a magnet, situated atop the north pole would spin round in a circle, attempting to point straight down to the earth.

Using this logic, would it be possible to build a tower generator, situated at the exact spot on the North Pole, in the fashion of a skyscraper, using several spinning compass-like devices in a vertical series?

This is of course ignoring the logistics of actually laying cables to deliver the electricity to places of use, or moving our manufacturing and industrial facilities far north.

Just a thought for a shitty, scientific post thursday.

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Submitted by TheUniter at 2008-11-08 19:56:02 EST (#)
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Submitted by Fucking foul at 2008-11-07 12:06:32 EST (#)
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What Shlongy said.

Submitted by sandmantate at 2008-11-07 09:32:30 EST (#)
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Submitted by TheBrad (user info) at 2008-11-07 06:16:34 EST (#)
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Submitted by sandmantate (user info) at 2008-11-06 15:43:34 EST (#)
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Even that is extremely heavy. Unless you found a way to lubricate the movement with perfect viscosity, would never get the mass to spin using the magnetic field.
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That's what she said.

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She kept repeating it, but I put it in the pooper anyway.

Submitted by TheBrad at 2008-11-07 06:16:34 EST (#)
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Submitted by sandmantate (user info) at 2008-11-06 15:43:34 EST (#)
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Even that is extremely heavy. Unless you found a way to lubricate the movement with perfect viscosity, would never get the mass to spin using the magnetic field.
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That's what she said.

Submitted by orphelia at 2008-11-07 02:36:36 EST (#)
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Submitted by Method (user info) at 2008-11-06 20:18:46 GMT (#)
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I'll wager you smoke entirely way too much weed


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LOL

Submitted by Plus2 at 2008-11-06 23:01:22 EST (#)
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The north pole of the earth isn't anywhere near the MAGNETIC north pole, just so you know.

Isn't the magnetic north pole situated over water?


Submitted by woolfe at 2008-11-06 17:37:54 EST (#)
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Submitted by sandmantate at 2008-11-06 15:52:06 EST (#)
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If it makes you feel any better, there isn't a magnetic field in the solar system that would have made that work. Natural Magnetism, like gravity, is pretty weak. Meaning you need a large body or mass before you start feeling it's effects. The Earth's Magnetic field is LARGE, not powerful.

Submitted by Linus at 2008-11-06 15:48:46 EST (#)
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The iron is magnetized.

Submitted by monkeyswithguns at 2008-11-06 15:46:19 EST (#)
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Submitted by sandmantate (user info) at 2008-11-06 15:43:34 EST (#)
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Even that is extremely heavy. Unless you found a way to lubricate the movement with perfect viscosity, would never get the mass to spin using the magnetic field. Compasses are small for a reason. The magnetic field can only affect very small pieces of metal.
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Well....damn.

Submitted by sandmantate at 2008-11-06 15:43:34 EST (#)
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Even that is extremely heavy. Unless you found a way to lubricate the movement with perfect viscosity, would never get the mass to spin using the magnetic field. Compasses are small for a reason. The magnetic field can only affect very small pieces of metal.

Submitted by monkeyswithguns at 2008-11-06 15:40:40 EST (#)
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Submitted by sandmantate (user info) at 2008-11-06 15:36:02 EST (#)
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I think the problem is that the earths magnetic field isn't powerful enough to make the iron move.

I'm saying that any piece of iron big enough to be worthwhile would be to heavy and the friction would be to great. The earth's magnetic field is surprisingly weak. It's just very large.
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Which is why I had thought it might work in a vertical series. Actually, the point wouldn't really be to spin an "iron arrow" type object, but a series of iron bars linked to a central turbine, surrounded by copper wiring and carbon to create friction electricity like you'd find in a crank style radio.

Submitted by sandmantate at 2008-11-06 15:36:02 EST (#)
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I think the problem is that the earths magnetic field isn't powerful enough to make the iron move.

I'm saying that any piece of iron big enough to be worthwhile would be to heavy and the friction would be to great. The earth's magnetic field is surprisingly weak. It's just very large.

Submitted by monkeyswithguns at 2008-11-06 15:33:32 EST (#)
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Submitted by Linus (user info) at 2008-11-06 15:30:47 EST (#)
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LOL you'd need gigantic ass natural magnets (because electric would just net 0 @ 100% efficiency) and then have to replace them every once and a while because even their fields eventually weaken.
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That's a good point, but I wasn't thinking of using natural magnets, but using iron instead, which I believe is what they use in regular compasses.

Submitted by Shlongy at 2008-11-06 15:32:14 EST (#)
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I often think about this kind of stuff when.....uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....well...

Never.

Submitted by monkeyswithguns at 2008-11-06 15:31:49 EST (#)
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So basically Haiku, you're watching the swill that would be shown on MST3K only supplying your own dialogue I take it?

Submitted by Linus at 2008-11-06 15:30:47 EST (#)
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LOL you'd need gigantic ass natural magnets (because electric would just net 0 @ 100% efficiency) and then have to replace them every once and a while because even their fields eventually weaken.

Submitted by haikumikoo at 2008-11-06 15:29:17 EST (#)
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Submitted by monkeyswithguns (user info) at 2008-11-06 12:25:39 PST (#)
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Ice Pirates?
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Yeah, quinntheeskimo and I have been having "movie night" every so often. The last one was "The Last Dragon", http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_last_dragon

"The Ice Pirates" seems just as promising, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ice_Pirates

Submitted by Yozz at 2008-11-06 15:26:40 EST (#)
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I've heard something similar -


If you tie a slice of bread coated with butter to a cat's feet facing up and drop the cat, the bundle would never hit the ground and would just spin in perpetuity.*








































For those idiots among you to whom I must explain everything - a cat ALWAYS lands on his feet and a dropped piece of buttered bread ALWAYS lands butter side down.

Submitted by rubbermaid at 2008-11-06 15:26:21 EST (#)
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Submitted by monkeyswithguns at 2008-11-06 15:25:39 EST (#)
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Submitted by haikumikoo (user info) at 2008-11-06 15:21:09 EST (#)
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My first thought was that this post will probably inspire the weed conversation I will be having tonight while watching Ice Pirates.
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Ice Pirates?

Submitted by sandmantate at 2008-11-06 15:23:52 EST (#)
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I dunno. Maybe. I'll look into it and get back to you.

Submitted by haikumikoo at 2008-11-06 15:21:09 EST (#)
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Submitted by Method (user info) at 2008-11-06 12:18:46 PST (#)
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I'll wager you smoke entirely way too much weed
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My first thought was that this post will probably inspire the weed conversation I will be having tonight while watching Ice Pirates.

Also this is ridiculous.

Submitted by monkeyswithguns at 2008-11-06 15:20:26 EST (#)
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Quite likely Method. I also like the idea of the new enzymes that create fuel by breaking down straw/grass material.

Submitted by Method at 2008-11-06 15:18:46 EST (#)
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I'll wager you smoke entirely way too much weed


Homer: I keep hearing this horrible irregular thumping noise.

Pump Jockey:
It's your heart. And I think it's on its last thump.

Homer: Whew, I was afraid it was my transmission.

Homer's Triple Bypass