Science confirms: Daggers are best

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Re: Science confirms: Daggers are best

Postby AndyP » Thu May 06, 2010 10:53 am

Yeah, packing is very important in all sorts of things.

I lived with a civil engineering PhD student a few years back. Her work was on studying how 'soil nails' held things like earthen banks together. She would load a tonne of sand into a large container, fill it with probes and then put it in a centrifuge to simulate settling of the earth. A tonne and a bit spinning round at who-knows-what rpm meant that you had to be very careful when setting up the experiment otherwise you might go punching a hole in the wall (and whatever's behind the wall).
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Re: Science confirms: Daggers are best

Postby WickerNipple » Thu May 06, 2010 11:07 am

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Re: Science confirms: Daggers are best

Postby AndyP » Thu May 06, 2010 4:44 pm

Hers was much bigger, but that is way cooler.
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Re: Science confirms: Daggers are best

Postby WickerNipple » Thu May 06, 2010 4:56 pm

Oh no doubt. There's just something fantastical about custom building a centrifuge to fill your apartment.
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Re: Science confirms: Daggers are best

Postby Bauhaus » Thu May 06, 2010 5:14 pm

Nidal is right about reporters. It's "random dense packing" not cubes...

Here''s the article:

http://physics.aps.org/viewpoint-for/10 ... 104.185501
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