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  1. #1 How fast can we make an object go? 
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    What if you had a vacuum chamber with a perfectly balanced dual hammer made of titanium opposite of each other attached to a magnetically suspended cylindrical bearing, using a form of circular force solenoid to accelerate the hammers to extremely high speeds.....

    Could you discover the maximum speed that a solenoid is capable of accelerating a massive object at? I don't see a reason why the device would fail, unless the rotating object stretched itself apart, which even though it would cause a failure, would be pretty cool to see.

    Any other practical ideas on accelerating an object as fast as possible on earth?


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    Such a device already exists and it has practical application. See the Wiki article on the ultracentrifuge at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultracentrifuge. It can create forces up to 1,000,000g.

    Attempts to create greater g forces at still higher speeds runs into the problem of materials being torn apart by centrifugal forces.


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    They mentioned potential catastrophic failure, lol; I can't imagine how much damage that would do...poor scientists.
    Of all the wonders in the universe, none is likely more fascinating and complicated than human nature.

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    Isn't it possible to construct the projectile in such a way that certain parts are affected more by the magnetic field, nullifying axial movement?
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