The Penny Shrinkers (or Electromagnetic Forming)

Even if shrinking the human body is the focus of The Incredible Shrinking Man we do have a keen interest in other theories and practices of shrinking. We came across electromagnetic forming through the curious tech subculture of penny shrinking. By running a very high magnetic current through quarters and pre-1982 pennies, the penny shrinkers are able to reduce the diameter of the coins by up to 50%, depending on the amount of current they run through it. It is not exactly home science, and requires a lot of equipment and even more safety procedures, but it does show that when we consider shrinking there is a lot more then meets the eye. There a good explanation movie HERE and a high speed film of the process HERE.

Considering the quick advances in nanotechnology, and the vast amounts of empty space that lie within molecules, some unsuspected shrink technologies probably still lie ahead.

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