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August 6, 2007
Scientists have discovered a way to levitate small objects. They mean micro-objects and nano-technology. Still, I wonder how useful it (quantum-level Casimir force) might be. Can I utilize these findings?

Might the force that holds a gecko up by one toe be reversed to repel dust from my coffee table? Could my clothes air-dry in the house without stiff winter mustiness? Would it be possible to do household repairs without contorting to reach the needed tools?

Unfortunately, it took 50 years from its discovery to learn how to measure the Casimir force. I won’t hold my breath for household applications.