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To: aruanan
While "a [Direct Current] DC voltage was applied to the spheres they began to rotate until the stiffness of the suspending wires prevented further rotation."
31 posted on 04/03/2003 7:41:21 PM PST by Southack (Media bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Southack
While "a [Direct Current] DC voltage was applied to the spheres they began to rotate until the stiffness of the suspending wires prevented further rotation."

You altered the quote:

When a DC voltage was applied to the spheres they began to rotate until the stiffness of the suspending wires prevented further rotation.

The sentence in question does not say "while" but "when". You're assuming that it means "throughout the time that the current was being applied, the spheres rotated". This is not what it says. It does not say that a continuous current supplied the motive force for the rotation. This sentence is somewhat ambiguous. It could just as easily be saying that an applied DC current imparted a static charge which then drove the motion of the spheres in a manner hitherto unexpected. Since the whole point of the article is that the motion is unlike that of a typical motor, the latter is the more likely interpretation of the sentence.
35 posted on 04/03/2003 7:59:58 PM PST by aruanan
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