Ponytail Up

As a layman, hearing about some of things scientists figure can be, well, funny.  Take for example, this.  Scientists have found a way to predict and graph out what a ponytail will look like.  They found the “Rapunzel Number”, which takes into account the texture and whatever of hair to make an equation to graph out the shape of a ponytail.

I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking, “Um, okay?”

The article goes on to describe that the equation can be used to figure out properties of other things made from fibers, like fur.  It could also help animators and artists be able to make hair more realistic.  Apparently,  this was something da Vinci was quite concerned about.

Okay, so this may not be the best example of “Huh?” science actually being useful in the “real world,” unless you’re an artist or a graphic designer.  Still, it’s always great to see science being fun.


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