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Physicist Wins IG Nobel Prize For His Purr-fect Answer to the Question: Are Cats Liquid?

Seriously though, are cats solid or liquid?

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Just as all feline owners know that cats defy physics, all chef know that dry spaghetti noodles never break in half. Likewise, everybody knows that fixing an itch means scratching anywhere, as long as you’re looking in a mirror.

If you didn’t know these, then you must be missing out in life. To celebrate these types of glorious weirdness of science, there exists an annual event called the IG Nobel Prize which is hosted by the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR).

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The presentation tone is goofy, but the science of the winning research is real. It also features “a group of genuine, genuinely bemused Nobel laureates” and rewards the strangest science investigations.

Among the winning presentations — is that of a French physicist, Marc Antoine-Fardin, who studied the rheology — the flow of matter, whether liquid or solids — of cats, under certain conditions.

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The Rheology of Cats

Fardin’s research has mathematically confirmed what many people have been suspecting for years. Cats are, in fact, liquid.

Liquid, says Fardin, is traditionally characterized by its ability to adapts its shape to fit a container. In this regard, cats certainly seem liquid.

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“At the center of the definition of a liquid is an action: A material must be able to modify its form to fit within a container,” Fardin said.

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Fardin also analyzed the “fluid dynamics” to determine whether cats can transition from solid to liquid state, as they squeeze themselves into too-small boxes. He considered the type of container and its degree of stress.

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From his study, Fardin also claimed that cats clearly exhibit material fluidity of liquids. He came up with the conclusion after comparing two time periods: the length of relaxation time as opposed to the experimental time.

“The fact is that they (felines) can adapt their shape to their container if we give them enough time. Cats are thus liquid if we give them the time to become liquid.”

If you don’t agree yet, just look at this cat who thinks he’s a waterfall.

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Flat Earther Challenges Internet, Offers $100K To Anyone Who Can Prove The Earth Is Round

“If you can do it, $100,000 to the winner.”

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As if flat Earth believers aren’t ridiculous enough, one of them recently challenged the internet and offered a huge amount of money to anyone who can prove that our planet is indeed round. In a YouTube post, someone who goes by username Flat Out Hero offered $100,000 to whoever meets the challenge.

Sounds like an easy thing to do, right? Well it definitely is and as we learn below, someone immediately rose up to it and now he’s asking the Flat Earther for the prize money.

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Awesome ‘Shark Plane’ Boasts Massive Windows, No Middle Seats, and Burns Less Fuel

Is this the coolest commercial plane ever or what?!

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Even if you’re a frequent flyer, we bet this plane will surely catch your attention once you spot it in the airport. Designed and built by Brazil-based aerospace firm Embraer, the aircraft called the ‘Shark Profit Hunter’ is probably the most badass one you’ll ever see.

The new E190-E2 model has just toured the world and has stopped over in the UK, US, Africa, China, and Ireland. Aside from it’s unique design, it’s also got features that make it stand out from the rest.

A plane that looks like a shark – and more!

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Drones Could One Day Rescue You From A Burning Building

This is an impressive concept.

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You probably think that drones are nothing but an expensive tool to help you get those amazing aerial shots for your vlogs. Drones also have a bad reputation since most people think that they could invade someone’s privacy. In fact, these human-controlled mini aircraft are banned in some places, especially in some urban areas.

However, you might be thanking drones in the future as they could potentially save your life one day. As you will see below, drones are set to accomplish some pretty cool things, too.

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