Morphable surfaces could cut air resistance
There is a story about how the modern golf ball, with its dimpled surface, came to be: In the mid-1800s, it is said, new golf balls were smooth, but became dimpled over time as impacts left permanent dents. ...
Physicists test aerodynamics of soccer ball types prior to World Cup (w/ Video)
HoverBall: Inventor redefines people-ball interactions using quadcopter tech
First instance of ball lightning captured on video and spectrographs
Spitzer finds solid buckyballs in space
(PhysOrg.com) -- Astronomers using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have, for the first time, discovered buckyballs in a solid form in space. Prior to this discovery, the microscopic carbon spheres ...
Some UFOs may be explained as ball lighting
Caltech Scientists Test Air Flow Over the 2010 World Cup Soccer Ball (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- The World Cup is in full swing, complete with an official new soccer ball named Jabulani, meaning "to celebrate" in Zulu. The players, however, aren't exactly celebrating. Instead, many of ...
Mesoamerican people perfected details of rubber processing more than 3,000 years ago: study
(PhysOrg.com) -- Spanish explorers encountering an advanced civilization in Mesoamerica in the 16th century had plenty of things to be astonished about, but one type of object in particular was unlike anything ...
How does an outfielder know where to run for a fly ball?
(PhysOrg.com) -- Faced with a fly ball soaring deep into center field during the 1954 World Series, New York Giants center fielder Willie Mays turned his back on the ball, ran straight to the center field ...
Synthesis with a template: Carbon-free fullerene analogue
(PhysOrg.com) -- A team led by Manfred Scheer at the University of Regensburg has now synthesized the first example of an inorganic, carbon-free C80 analogue.
A mere ball, a very real mathematical challenge
To what extent could we predict the number on which a roulette ball is going to fall? Philippe Paccaud, micro-technology student, tackled this complex issue in his master's thesis. In the end, there was no ...
Could tailored golf balls improve putting performance?
Golfers could get tailored golf balls with more precise separation control for the best performance, new research suggests.
Explained: How does a soccer ball swerve?
It happens every four years: The World Cup begins and some of the world's most skilled players carefully line up free kicks, take aim—and shoot way over the goal. The players are all trying to bend the ...
2014 World Cup ball has better aerodynamics: NASA
The official 2014 World Cup game ball should make players happy, NASA said after its own aerodynamics testing showed the new design avoided the pitfalls of the unpopular 2010 version.