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Saturday, October 4, 2014

ScienceDaily: Strange Science News

ScienceDaily: Strange Science News

Untangling how cables coil

Posted: 03 Oct 2014 10:57 AM PDT

Engineers together with computer scientists have developed a method that predicts the pattern of coils and tangles that a cable may form when deployed onto a rigid surface. The research combined laboratory experiments with custom-designed cables, computer-graphics technology used to animate hair in movies, and theoretical analyses.

Why we can't tell a Hollywood heartthrob from his stunt double

Posted: 03 Oct 2014 06:22 AM PDT

Johnny Depp has an unforgettable face. Tony Angelotti, his stunt double in 'Pirates of the Caribbean,' does not. So why is it that when they're swashbuckling on screen, audiences worldwide see them both as the same person? Scientists have pinpointed the brain mechanism by which we latch on to a particular face even when it changes.

Batteries included: A solar cell that stores its own power

Posted: 03 Oct 2014 03:43 AM PDT

Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeable battery? Actually, the patent-pending device is both: the world's first solar battery. Scientists have succeeding in combining a battery and a solar cell into one hybrid device.

Study of mountain lion energetics shows the power of the pounce

Posted: 02 Oct 2014 11:17 AM PDT

High-tech collars enabled scientists to record the energetics of mountain lion hunting behavior, showing why cats use "stalk and pounce" and how they overpower large prey.

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