Caturday: Flipping cats and space telescopes

by 1389 on October 20, 2012

in 1389 (blog admin), animals, Caturday, science and nature, space

High Speed Video of Flipping Cats | Smarter Every Day 58 (Cute Cat vs Physics)

Published on Aug 8, 2012 by destinws2

High Speed video. Cats. Physics. Weightlessness. Of all my videos, if you don’t share this one, you probably never will. Please consider sharing on Facebook. GiGi was not hurt during the making of this video. We took great care to make sure she would be safe. Next I’ll explain how the physics involved in flipping cats allow us to operate Space Telescopes (Seriously).

So as simple of a question as this is, it turns out to be a MAJOR POINT OF STUDY in Physics, Robotics, Space Satellite Control, Weapons Development, Biomedical Engineering, etc. It’s stumped scientists and engineers since Newton’s day. Here’s something interesting. The cat isn’t twisting his back.. he’s actually BENDING it. The next video will go into great detail about what’s going on there, and explain how it relates to studying the farthest points in the universe (Seriously… the fact that a cat can do this allows us to study the Universe.. no exaggeration).

The high speed camera used was a Phantom Miro M320S. Rent one yourself by clicking here. Tell them GiGi the cat sent you!

Artist Info:
Gordon McGladdery wrote & Recorded the song “Long Time, No See.”
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Sarah Xu, a student at the Vancouver Film School made the awesome introduction Drawing. Look at the full non-8-second version here.
See her art here.
The graphs are scientifically accurate!
Coming soon (because you asked): a poster of the flipping cat intro.

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If you don’t believe me that this involves some serious math… click here.


Published on Aug 25, 2012 by destinws2

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I hope you enjoyed this video. It took an all-nighter to finish it before my flight to the rainforest! Awesome videos coming your way shortly!

Artist Info:
Sarah Xu, a student at the Vancouver Film School made the awesome introduction Drawing. The math is accurate!

The Music was provided by A Shell In the Pit.

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Gauge Theory of the falling Cat:


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