Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Rolling Rubber Bands

Sometimes some seriously interesting research can be done with very simple materials. Some new research from MIT and École Polytechnique studies the deformation of a rolling rubber band[*]. The faster the band moves, the more it deforms. Eventually the opposites come together, stick and stop the rolling.

[*] You have no idea how hard it was for me to not type rubber binder. It just rolls and bounces off the tongue in a nicer way.

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