News tagged with speed

What exactly does 'instantaneous' mean?

How short is an "instant"? Is it a second? A tenth of a second? A microsecond? You might think all of these qualify. What about 100 years? That certainly doesn't seem like an instant, and to a human being, it isn't, since ...

dateSep 15, 2016 in Other
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Birds fly faster in large flocks

New research at Lund University in Sweden shows that the flight speed of birds is determined by a variety of factors. Among the most sensational is that the size of the flock has a significant impact on how fast the birds ...

dateAug 16, 2016 in Plants & Animals
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How does the wind blow?

If wind were a steady, constant stream, wind energy production would be a snap. Trapping its capricious nature requires complex calculations and expert engineering. Predicting wind power requires additional twists and turns.

dateAug 15, 2016 in Earth Sciences
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NASA scans Tropical Storm Frank's winds

RapidScat is an instrument that flies aboard the International Space Station and measures winds over an ocean surface. RapidScat provided a look at the winds around Tropical Storm Frank in the Eastern Pacific and saw strongest ...

dateJul 25, 2016 in Earth Sciences
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