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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 …

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Coat

Playmobil or...

... erm, nothing to see, move along there...!

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Pirate

Who wanted...

to call out "It's behind you!" to warn the poor, doomed, heavily-armed mariner? I did.

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No thanks

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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Re: No thanks

http://prx.aps.org/multimedia/PRX/v2/i1/e011015/e011015_vid1.mov is the url

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Re: No thanks

yep. balls to installing quicktime.

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Re: No thanks

Yep, that was the first time I have seen a QuickTime plugin required screen since I uninstalled QT yonks ago.

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Same here

Since Apple products are banned in my home, including their software, I guess I don't get to see the video either.

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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.

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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:

http://prx.aps.org/pdf/PRX/v2/i1/e011015

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YouTube?

Anyone want to do a YouTube version for those that don't have/want a MOV viewer?

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Happy

Re: YouTube?

Try VLC.

Plays QT movies without all that QT rubbish.

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Re: YouTube?

Done, with due respect to the ANU

http://youtu.be/ayd1rvuqBzU

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.mov?

Get bent!

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Quicktime?

Goooooood-night.

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.mov played fine in Windows Media Player

I don't have the awful Quicktime installed on my PC

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Prior Art?

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?

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re: Anyone know what this new 'discovery' has added?

that you shouldn't go to sea in a boat made of Lego?

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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.

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Any science that makes use of Lego and / or Playmobile is OK with me.

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Poor Pirate

You just sunk my (pirate)battleship!

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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!

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Duplo

A Duplo figure might fare better against rogue waves due to their sheer size.

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