I thought those who like to dabble in alternative energy topics might like to try this. It is based on the discovery of Viktor Grebennkov.
The story can be found in many places but this one on keelynet was the one I found http://www.keelynet.com/greb/greb.htm
It tells of the biologist Viktor Grebennkov who discovered a Resonant or Cavernous Structures Effect (CSE) relating to bee honeycomb. This led him to develop a 'flying machine' which many people saw him fly without conventional means. This is an extraordinary story and one which needs more investigation.
The following is my attempt at creating some paper honeycomb cells and I leave it up to you to decide whether you think there is anything to this story which Viktor Grebennkov relates.
My idea is to try various experiments to see if any of the effects Viktor found are reproducable by a non-scientist like me.
Step 1: Materials Needed
artists paper 100g/sq m
school compass kit (compass/ruler)
double-sided sticky tape
basic geometry skills
My paper was in a artists pad measuring 20.5cm x 21cm, yours may be different. The artists paper is good because it folds nicely along pencil lines which is what we want for this construction.
Step 2: The Top of the Cell
1) Divide the paper into 9 squares roughly 7cm x 7cm
2) mark the centre of each square by joining the diagonals of each
3) set compass to 3.5cm and draw a circle with the centre being the centre of the square
4) set the compass to 2.5cm and draw a smaller circle using the same centre point in each square
5) choose any start point on the inner circle, place the compass point there and go around the circle marking off every 2.5cm
6) join up these positions with straight lines, making sure the length of each is 2.5cm. Making the line fairly bold will aid the folding process later
7) in step 6, extend the line to intersect the outer circle. This will form the glue-tab later.
8) Cut round the outer circle leaving the glue-tabs as shown in the photo.
Step 3: The Cell Body
To make the sides, I folded my paper in half giving me two halves of 10.5cm x 20.5cm each.
1) draw 6x 2.5cm panels on each side of the drawing paper. These will now be 2.5cm x 10.5cm each. On my drawing I have 7, I cut off one.
2) On the last one make a glue-tab roughly 7mm wide as shown. Separate the two halves of paper. Cut out the glue tab and sides as one piece.
3) Bend the sides to make a rough hexagonal shape and glue the tab making up the hexagonal tube ready to fit onto the top.
Step 4: Put It Together...
Fit the top onto the hexagonal tube, gluing the tabs and using the ruler (unless you have very long fingers) to press the inside of the tube onto the tabs making sure the tube is pushed tightly into the top. See first image for finished honeycomb cells.
To fix the cells together I used double-sided sticky tape which seemed to work OK.
The tops are not actually stuck together but they seem to stay together alright if the sticky tape, (each piece being about 3 inches maybe) is placed on the side panels facing inwards and the two panels pressed together with finger and thumb.
Step 5: Experiment
I have lots of weird things in my apartment, so this is a 50cm Genesa Crystal with two sets of these cells inside it.
Warning - Grebennikov said that wasps nests have an adverse effect on growing plants, so when experimenting watch out for negative effects as well as positive effects. (see this website http://villesresearch.com/cavityexperiments.html#...
These negative effects may have something to do with the dimensions of the cells or the overall structure of the nest. We just dont know at this stage.
If you decide to investigate with this, please come back and post what you did and your results. It will be really interesting to see what we find.