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Re: Amusing Science

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:20 pm

sparks wrote: ... This is the guy who can't have dinner with any woman other than wifey ...
In the current political climate, that bit makes a lot of sense.

He's no dumbass when it comes to protecting his own interests.
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Re: Amusing Science

Post by Anaxagoras » Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:08 pm

Again the lesson is never hire a woman. Just not worth the risk.


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Re: Amusing Science

Post by ceptimus » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:47 pm

It's not gyroscopic so much as reaction wheeling - it uses solid state gyros to detect movement, but then opposes any toppling by the torque reaction of spinning up a flywheel rotating in the same direction as the incipient topple. It's the same principle that tightrope walkers use - though they have a long heavy pole instead of the reaction flywheel.

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Re: Amusing Science

Post by Rob Lister » Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:05 am

"incipient topple"

I going to use that in the future. Maybe even in context.

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Re: Amusing Science

Post by Witness » Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:39 am

A more detailed vid about the "cubli":

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Another, DIY, thingy:

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Re: Amusing Science

Post by Bruce » Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:34 pm

Cubli. Perfect present to put under the tree for the little ones.

Mom! Dad! One of the presents got up and walked away!

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Re: Amusing Science

Post by Witness » Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:37 am

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Re: Amusing Science

Post by gnome » Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:39 am

I call bullshit. How is the green light getting through the solid yellow pencil?
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Re: Amusing Science

Post by Witness » Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:56 am

gnome wrote:I call bullshit. How is the green light getting through the solid yellow pencil?
Magic. :mrgreen:

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Re: Amusing Science

Post by Bruce » Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:34 am

gnome wrote:I call bullshit. How is the green light getting through the solid yellow pencil?
But you're ok with the red and blue light getting through? What about the magenta?

Maybe it's just a really reeeeeally polarized filter. :P
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Re: Amusing Science

Post by gnome » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:23 am

I'm just prejudiced against green.
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Re: Amusing Science

Post by ceptimus » Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:54 pm

I suppose the filter *could* just be stretching out the images along the whole length of the filter - in which case it would be useless for viewing anything that's not straight and regular along its length. That would explain the 'trick' without needing photoshop-style trickery.

I'm not saying that is how it was done - it's just one possibility.

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Re: Amusing Science

Post by Doctor X » Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:34 pm

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Re: Amusing Science

Post by Rob Lister » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:25 pm

Clearly gnome is a green racist but I too have problems with the color blue.

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Re: Amusing Science

Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:47 am

This one's a bit hard to believe too. Self-repairing glass:

https://japantoday.com/category/tech/Gl ... y-of-Tokyo
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Re: Amusing Science

Post by Witness » Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:59 am

ceptimus is, as usual, right: the plastic thingy diffuses light, but only in one direction. As the pencils are linear objects, we don't notice the smeared out image.

Now for something classic:


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Re: Amusing Science

Post by ceptimus » Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:51 am

That one really has been faked. The whole point of that illusion is that white squares in the shadow are as dark as the dark squares outside the shadow. If you physically move a dark square into shadow it becomes darker still.

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Re: Amusing Science

Post by Anaxagoras » Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:33 am

I wonder what it looks like from a different angle or under different lighting conditions.

There are definitely some weird optical illusions.
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Re: Amusing Science

Post by Witness » Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:59 am

ceptimus wrote:That one really has been faked. The whole point of that illusion is that white squares in the shadow are as dark as the dark squares outside the shadow. If you physically move a dark square into shadow it becomes darker still.
Sure, but where exactly is the forgery? :mrgreen:

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Re: Amusing Science

Post by sparks » Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:46 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:This one's a bit hard to believe too. Self-repairing glass:

https://japantoday.com/category/tech/Gl ... y-of-Tokyo
Alien pee glass indeed. :)
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