Just as all feline owners know that cats defy physics, all chef know that dry spaghetti noodles never break in half. Likewise, everybody knows that fixing an itch means scratching anywhere, as long as you’re looking in a mirror.
If you didn’t know these, then you must be missing out in life. To celebrate these types of glorious weirdness of science, there exists an annual event called the IG Nobel Prize which is hosted by the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR).
The presentation tone is goofy, but the science of the winning research is real. It also features “a group of genuine, genuinely bemused Nobel laureates” and rewards the strangest science investigations.
Among the winning presentations — is that of a French physicist, Marc Antoine-Fardin, who studied the rheology — the flow of matter, whether liquid or solids — of cats, under certain conditions.
The Rheology of Cats
Fardin’s research has mathematically confirmed what many people have been suspecting for years. Cats are, in fact, liquid.
Liquid, says Fardin, is traditionally characterized by its ability to adapts its shape to fit a container. In this regard, cats certainly seem liquid.
“At the center of the definition of a liquid is an action: A material must be able to modify its form to fit within a container,” Fardin said.
Fardin also analyzed the “fluid dynamics” to determine whether cats can transition from solid to liquid state, as they squeeze themselves into too-small boxes. He considered the type of container and its degree of stress.
From his study, Fardin also claimed that cats clearly exhibit material fluidity of liquids. He came up with the conclusion after comparing two time periods: the length of relaxation time as opposed to the experimental time.
“The fact is that they (felines) can adapt their shape to their container if we give them enough time. Cats are thus liquid if we give them the time to become liquid.”
If you don’t agree yet, just look at this cat who thinks he’s a waterfall.
Flat Earther Challenges Internet, Offers $100K To Anyone Who Can Prove The Earth Is Round
“If you can do it, $100,000 to the winner.”
As if flat Earth believers aren’t ridiculous enough, one of them recently challenged the internet and offered a huge amount of money to anyone who can prove that our planet is indeed round. In a YouTube post, someone who goes by username Flat Out Hero offered $100,000 to whoever meets the challenge.
Sounds like an easy thing to do, right? Well it definitely is and as we learn below, someone immediately rose up to it and now he’s asking the Flat Earther for the prize money.
Earth is Sucking More Water In Its Interior Than Previously Thought, Scientists Discover
We’re talking about TRILLIONS of tons of water here.
In a research recently published in the Nature journal, we learn that our planet has been swallowing trillions of tons of water into its interior because of tectonic plates collision beneath the ocean. The researchers collected information about the rumblings over a year’s period and they were able to collect 19 passive seismographs across the Mariana Trench.
Additionally, they likewise gathered data “from seven island-based seismographs,” the Daily Mail reported, which allowed them to have “a more detailed picture of how the Pacific plate bends into the trench, revealing new insight on how the rocks hold onto water deep beneath the surface.”
Scientists Want To Dim The Sun To Stop Global Warming
The shocking proposal suggests spraying sun-dimming chemicals into the Earth’s atmosphere.
It looks like scientists are willing to try anything to stop climate change. A new idea suggests dimming the sun to deal with global warming. This means spraying chemicals into the Earth's atmosphere to block out UV rays. The process could significantly cut down on global warming. However, it might pose a completely new danger to future generations.
The idea has been proposed by researchers from Harvard and Yale in an effort to combat climate change. The technique known as stratospheric aerosol injection (SAI) requires spraying large amounts of sulfate particles into the Earth's lower stratosphere. The chemicals would be injected into altitudes as high as 12 miles.
Scientists believe that the technique can effectively cut the effects of climate change in half.