ASH/HCC: Coherent Super Stories #22 - In Vivo, Veritas
Dave Van Domelen
dvandom at eyrie.org
Fri Aug 13 12:42:02 PDT 2010
In article <i44054$sog$1 at usenet-its.stanford.edu>,
Andrew Perron <pwerdna at gmail.com> wrote:
>On Thu, 12 Aug 2010 23:44:25 +0000 (UTC), Dave Van Domelen wrote:
>> "My trade name is Bacteriomage," the voice behind him replied.
>Actual on-panel appearance of Bacteriomage! Woo!
You will note he never actually appears on-screen, though. Always a
voice from out of view. Not an intentional thing, but amusing nonetheless.
>> "Pretty damned good," his opponent sneered, gesturing and sending a wave
>> of magnetic force into Balder's body. The water in his body tried to get
>> away from the field, and the effect was like being hit by a baseball bat
>> wrapped in a blanket...dull, more pushing than hitting, but still something
>> that would've been hard to ignore even if he'd been in tip-top condition.
>Wait, what? Does this work? @-@
Yep. Google for "levitating frog" to see videos. Water is weakly
diamagnetic, which means it tries to exclude magnetic fields, and this will
result in a force on the water. Iron in blood is not ferromagnetic, but
water in blood can be affected by a strong enough field. The power
requirements to levitate a person would probably be enough to run a small
city, so it's not really practical in a "real world" setting, but compact
power supplies are a standard part of superhero technohandwave.
Oh, and the "bat wrapped in a blanket" effect is not an inevitable
consequence of using diamagnetism for this, it just shows that the Dark
Brigade armor doesn't really focus the field tightly. So a lot of water is
pushed on at once.
Dave Van Domelen, notes that superconductors are to diamagnetic
materials what iron is to paramagnetic materials.
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