Just as predicted in Back to the Future (Part II), 2015 is the year in which the flying skateboard finally becomes a reality. Many have tried to convert this teenage fantasy into science fact, but it’s taken nearly 30 years for anyone to make a convincing, working version.
For this we can thank Lexus and a team of Germans with an unsociable knowledge of magnetic levitation, or maglev – the sort of black magic that makes Japanese bullet trains float over their tracks. Conspiracy theorists are crying hoax, but believe us, it’s absolutely real and we’re going to ride it. But first, a quick lesson in quantum mechanics.