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Is it possible to make a primitive compass by rubbing a needle/piece of iron with a silk or "statically charged" cloth?
This was used in a recent "Man vs Wild" segment and in the movie "The Edge"
with Anthony Hopkins.
Is this possible..or is it "urban myth"?
- Dale (age 60)
Santa Barbara, CA
I don't think it would work. Static electric charge does not experience a force in a magnetic field.
It's barely conceivable that currents stirred up as you generate this static charge would somehow magnetize the iron, but it sounds more like urban legend.
(published on 02/03/09)
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