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Monday, 27 March, 2000, 13:58 GMT 14:58 UK
British probe anti-gravity device

A British defence contractor, BAe Systems, has confirmed that it is funding research into a device which is said to modify the effects of gravity.

The concept was pioneered by a Russian physicist, Yevgeny Podkletnov, working in Finland, and employs electromagnets and a rotating disc.

Dr Podkletnov has said experiments showed that it eased gravitational force by two per cent or more, which could have a dramatic effect on means of travelling.

BAe Systems says it will call its anti-gravity research programme Project Greenglow.

However, the BBC Science Correspondent says the possibility that a basic law of physics can be altered has attracted ridicule from many scientists, who believe that the concept belongs in the realm of science fiction.

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