Pity the poor Lego pirate in the video below: there he is, placidly riding over tiny waves, when a rogue wave arrives and upends his vessel. The video looks trivial, but it has a serious implication: the ANU scientists that put it together did so as part of the world’s ongoing effort to understand rogue waves that menace …
... erm, nothing to see, move along there...!
to call out "It's behind you!" to warn the poor, doomed, heavily-armed mariner? I did.
I don't care what's in the video, I'm not installing any more plugins when there are already so many choices that work just fine.
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http://prx.aps.org/multimedia/PRX/v2/i1/e011015/e011015_vid1.mov is the url
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yep. balls to installing quicktime.
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Yep, that was the first time I have seen a QuickTime plugin required screen since I uninstalled QT yonks ago.
Since Apple products are banned in my home, including their software, I guess I don't get to see the video either.
So... _how_ did they do it?
What parameters did they set that were different than the ones in all of the gazillions of other wave-tank experiments which have been carried out around the world to date?
TFA, here -- http://news.anu.edu.au/?p=14321 -- does not say.
Re: So... _how_ did they do it?
Turns out Physical Review X is an open access journal, so PDF link to the full article (as opposed to some crappy press release) here:
Anyone want to do a YouTube version for those that don't have/want a MOV viewer?
Done, with due respect to the ANU
.mov played fine in Windows Media Player
I don't have the awful Quicktime installed on my PC
Trying to remember whether it was Tomorrow's World or not where I first saw the film of the '100 year wave' where two model boats were close to each other in a wave tank and the researchers could sink one while leaving the other afloat. Certainly a good long time ago and I thought that the maths had been fully demonstrated.
Anyone know what this new 'discovery' has added?
re: Anyone know what this new 'discovery' has added?
that you shouldn't go to sea in a boat made of Lego?
Re: re: Anyone know what this new 'discovery' has added?
Depends on the lego set.
I once had 2 lego boats.
One a tanker that had a plastic hull and floated in the water and the other a pure brick pilot boat that had round smooth 2x2 caps on the underside edges such that it could glide on carpet (but didn't float).
I reckon though that some silicon sealant on that pilot boat and it would've made a fine bathtime vessel.
Any science that makes use of Lego and / or Playmobile is OK with me.
You just sunk my (pirate)battleship!
At the rissk of sounding a bit risque'
It is not surprising.
If, on a sphere, there are waves travelling in every direction, then at some point there will be constructive intererference that generates a much taller wave as they meet in opposite directions; another example that "you can't comb a hairy ball."
Any demo videos otherwise should be addressed to The Reg!
A Duplo figure might fare better against rogue waves due to their sheer size.
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