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This is pretty cool, but it makes about as much sense to me as Egon Spengler’ P.K.E Meter… so bear with me.

The detector was created by Eric Adelberger while contemplating why gravity is such a weak force… I like this question because physicists all seem to use the same rhetorical question to express gravity’s weakness to the layman:

“How can a kitchen magnet pick up a paper clip even though the gravitational force of the entire Earth is pulling the clip down?”

Alderberger heard a unique explanation of gravity’s feebleness while attending a lecture… an explanation that he quickly adopted: Perhaps gravity only appears weak, because it operates in additional spatial dimensions beyond length, width, and height. Within this theory gravity is a strong force, it just has its energy spread across multiple dimensions that we can’t see or feel… It’s a bit like if I was painter for the King and all of his subjects, but with only 13 different coloured blobs of paint. The King, not wanting the quality of his portraite to be effected by the kingdom’s shitty paint supply, insists that I use all the colourers for his paintings, but only one for his loyal subjects… fucia. Upon completion of all the paintungs the subjects are left thinking that I am an absolutely terrible painter… my skill level is about as strong as a toddlers… Why would the king make me the royal painter. What the subjects can’t see is that I’m actually quite a good painter. All of my resources are being used elsewhere on paintings they will never see.

Anyway, the idea here is that a molybdenum ring hanging on an ultrathin tungsten fiber (basically a pendulum) in a vacuum to eliminate all forces except gravity. The Pendulum feels the gravitational tug of two rotating molybdenum disks below which are positioned so that their gravitational tugs should offset each other. Any unexpected twisting of the pendulum would indicate a violation of the known laws of gravity… the twisting might suggest the gravitational pull of the two disks is being diluted into extra dimensions.