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Posts tagged balance

November 4, 2011

 

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Baseball Bat Physics

Try balancing a baseball bat on your hand. With some experimenting, you'll find that the bat stays up longer if you put the heavy end up. Why?

September 20, 2011

 

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Finding Balance In The Inner Ear

How tiny stones inside our heads tell us which way is up...

August 10, 2011

 

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How Semi-Circular Canals In Our Ears Keep Us Balanced

It can happen at a carnival or on the dance floor--that moment when you stop spinning and the world starts spinning around you.

September 9, 2010

 

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Fact Or Fiction: Pregnant Women Should Not Wear High Heels

Is it true that pregnant women should avoid high heels?

August 5, 2010

 

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Why Is It Difficult To Stand On One Foot With Your Eyes Closed?

Why is it so difficult to stand on one foot with your eyes closed?

March 19, 2010

 

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Centripetal Force And Merry-Go-Rounds

Have you ever watched children on a merry-go-round and wondered why some children were dizzy and some weren't?

January 23, 2006

 

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Dancing in Air

A skydiver's body is in a delicate balance. Gravity tugs her downward with a constant, relentless force, while air resistance pushes her upward.

November 23, 2005

 

Falling Down

Here’s a physics classic. Suppose you drop a golf ball and a bowling ball from the Empire State Building. Which hits first? Answer? They hit at the same time. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

September 15, 2005

 

Penny Stack

Here's a question of burning scientific importance: How high can you stack pennies before they fall over?

January 3, 2005

 

A Stationary Satellite, part 2

Learn about stationary satellites on this Moment of Science.

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