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Submission + - The Unusual Physics of Floating Pyramids (sciencemag.org) 1

sciencehabit writes: Think that floating pyramids are more metaphysics than physics? Think again. Results just in from an experiment that levitated open-bottomed paper pyramids on gusts of air reveal a curious phenomenon: When it comes to drifting through the air, top-heavy designs are more stable than bottom-heavy ones. The finding may lead to robots that fly not like insects or birds but like jellyfish.
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The Unusual Physics of Floating Pyramids

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  • "...a curious phenomenon: When it comes to drifting through the air, top-heavy designs are more stable than bottom-heavy ones."

    No one who's studied aerodynamics or fluid flow phenomena would find this a new or "curious" phenomenon. It's more like "no s**t, Sherlock."

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