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BRITISH SCIENTISTS TO SEARCH FOR "ANTI-GRAVITY" FORCE ANTI-GRAVITY LONDON (OCT. 28) XINHUA - A TEAM OF BRITISH SCIENTISTS IS SETTING UP AN EXPERIMENT TO SEARCH FOR AN "ANTI-GRAVITY" FORCE, "THE TIMES" NEWSPAPER REPORTED TODAY. MOST OF THE EXPERIMENTS IN THE WORLD TO DATE HAVE NOT BEEN SUFFICIENTLY SENSITIVE TO DETECT THE "ANTI-GRAVITY" FORCE, SAID PROFESSOR KEITH RUNCORN LEADER OF THE RESEARCH TEAM, AT THE PHYSICS DEPARTMENT OF NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY. THE UNIVERSITY HAS WON SUPPORT FROM THE SCIENCE AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCILS TO SET UP SENSITIVE GRAVITY-MEASURING INSTRUMENTS AROUND THE VAST DRY DOCKS IN PORTSMOUTH, SOUTHAMPTON AND BELFAST IN BRITAIN AS WELL AS BREST IN FRANCE. A CHANGE IN THE GRAVITATIONAL FIELD OCCURS WHEN THOUSANDS OF TONNES OF WATER POURING THROUGH THE SLUICES IS MEASURED DOWN TO ONE THOUSAND-MILLIONTH OF THE STRENGTH OF THE EARTH'S GRAVITATIONAL FIELD. IF THE "ANTI-GRAVITY" FORCE EXISTS, THE INCREASE IN GRAVITY CAUSED BY THE WEIGHT OF WATER WILL BE LESS THAN THAT CALCULATED WITH CONVENTIONAL THEORY. PROFESSOR RUNCORN EXPRESSED HIS CONFIDENCE THAT THEY COULD DETECT THE VALUE OF THE "ANTI-GRAVITY" FORCE. THE FIRST SERIOUS ATTEMPTS TO DETECT THE FORCE AT THE DOCKS WILL BEGIN LATER THIS YEAR, THE NEWSPAPER SAID. THE "ANTI-GRAVITY" FORCE IS THOUGHT TO WEAKEN GRAVITY BY ABOUT ONE PERCENT OVER DISTANCES FROM A FEW YARDS TO ONE MILE. HOWEVER, PROFESSOR MICHAEL GREEN OF LONDON'S QUEEN MARY COLLEGE, AN AUTHORITY ON THE THEORY OF THE FUNDAMENTAL FORCES OF NATURE, IS VERY SKEPTICAL ABOUT THE EXISTENCE OF THE "ANTI-GRAVITY" FORCE, THE NEWSPAPER ADDED. =END=

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