This Tug of War With a Lion Isn't About Strength--It's About Friction

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Apparently you can battle a lion at the San Antonio Zoo. There is a thick rope passing through a hole. On one end, there is a lion cub. On the other end of the rope there could be three professional WWE wrestlers. Well, the wrestlers don't win.


Estimate the Pulling Force of Boston Dynamics' Robo-Dog Army

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When Boston Dynamics shares a new robot video, my robophobia levels increase just a little bit. There is something about these robots that get into the uncanny valley for me. This particular video is both fascinating and disturbing. It's fascinating because here are a bunch of robots pulling a truck (not a pickup truck--a real truck). It's disturbing because it shows a BUNCH of robots.


In This Brutal 'Titan Games' Event, Friction Is The Real Winner

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I'm not sure what it is, but something keeps drawing me into physical competition shows. It's not the competition that I like, it's those weird situations that they put these people in. Of course I can't just watch the show. I have to do some type of physics thing--because that's who I am and what I do. It's called the Lunar Impact.


A Magic Wand? Nope, Just Good Ol' Fashioned Physics

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It looks like a magic wand that makes things float, but it's just plain physics. I guess that's what makes these kinds of toys so cool. They do things that go against our everyday experiences. Normally stuff doesn't just hang in the air like this. But how does it work?


Winter Olympics 2018: The Physics of Blazing Fast Bobsled Runs

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I don't know very much about bobsleds--but I know quite a bit about physics. Here is my very brief summary of the bobsled event in the winter Olympics. Some humans get in a sled. The sled goes down an incline that is covered in ice. The humans need to do two things: push really fast to get the thing going and turn to travel through the course.