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benefits of Levitation

A short animation with subtle sound, and presented on a 4gb 3rd generation nano ipod, The Benefits of Levitation is a playful meditation on the first successful levitation of animals. In 2006 researchers at Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi'an, China, used an ultrasound emitter and reflector (generating a sound pressure field between them) to float animals such as ants, ladybugs, and small fish. The ant struggled unsuccessfully to climb out of the pressure field, and the fish, sadly, died from lack of water. I offer here an alternate poetic outcome of the experiment for the ant. 2008