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DIY ION Thruster Fan

ION engines are super cool.  They produce thrust with just electricity, no moving parts, no exhaust, no problems.  Well, one problem actually, the thrust produced is pretty minuscule for the input energy required.  The only place it works is in space, where there’s no friction to overcome and constant slow acceleration can eventually lead to very great speeds.

ION engine 1

Well, Alex Reifsynder over at MAKE has put together a short series of steps to make your very own ion thruster, except you won’t be making any super cool vehicles, instead you will have a small, expensive to operate and dangerous fan.  Good luck, it’s pretty cool, haha, get it.

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OMG Stumbles 16!!!!!!1!!1!

That’s right, I’m taking over the collection of stumbles for its sweet 16 celebration. Now, if Steve considers this canonical or not, well that’s up to him. He may figure that since he didn’t write it, it doesn’t count, but I say he left! And since (I don’t think) he doesn’t have a set schedule for Stumbles posts, well here we go.

ATATAwww look at the cute little AT-AT! He just wants to go outside. I hope it’s not a blizzard out there! [source]