Ping pong balls can easily go boom. Now, a group of scientists led by the University of Buffalo’s Greg Valentine, from all around the world have gathered in Ashford, NY and used ping-pong balls to study earth science, “what happens during volcanic eruptions,” and trace debris from simulated volcanoes.
On the test day, researchers hammered into the trench creating 12 small holes 18 inches deep. They placed an explosive about as powerful as a firecracker into each hole and covered the hole with more gravel.
The researchers then set ping pong balls and tennis balls on the surface above the explosives. Graettinger had previously injected mixed limestone sand into the ping pong balls to create three weight classes distinguished by white, orange and red markings. The 42 tennis balls were of uniform weight.
Researchers then detonated the explosives, which buried some ping pong balls in the impact crater and sent others as far as 100 feet into the woods. In addition to measuring where the ping pong balls and tennis balls travelled, they monitored each blast with high-speed cameras, infrasound microphones, seismometers and other high tech equipment.
The researchers collected the same type of information they would during an actual volcanic eruption. The idea, Valentine said, is to use the data to determine the energy of each blast.
Controlled experiments like those at Ashford can provide clues into what causes volcanoes to act the way they do. For example, many volcanoes erupt repeatedly from the same crater, yet few experiments have been done to examine how the pre-existing craters affect the later eruptions.
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The last time we saw Kim Kardashian, she was playing ping pong at SPiN New York with her now kinda ex-husband Kris Humphries. Now Kim is very pregnant with Kanye West’s baby. The good news is she’s keeping active while pregnant with a little bit of family ping pong.
Chace Crawford, from Gossip Girl, recently taught Anna Kendrick (“Pitch Perfect”) how to play ping pong. The pair of young actors were in New York at an event and Kendrick was flat awful at ping pong. The New York Post reported witness accounts of Kendrick’s skills, “She looked like she had never played pingpong before.”
Luckily for Kendrick, Chace Crawford was on hand. Crawford and Kendrick first met while filming “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” and shared some intimate on screen moments, so it’s makes sense that Kendrick was comfortable learning from Crawford.
Yahoo! is trying to make a comeback. Relatively new CEO Marissa Mayer is trying to evolve the web stalwart from its old web portal and search engine, as well as many other functions such as Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Mail by focusing on mobile. Yahoo!’s latest acquisition – a $1.1 billion deal for blogging site Tumblr – made quite the news, with CEO Marissa Mayer promising “not to screw it up”.
To keep this promise, it appears that Mrs. Mayer has been favoring her “Mobile” department employees over other employees within the internet company with a few benefits, including brand new shiny laptops and ping pong tables.
Table tennis is becoming more and more popular among tech companies such as Google, Myspace and Moshi Monster. Mayer tried to explain the trend, noting that having a ping pong table at the office helps to “make Yahoo a great place for productive and motivated people.”
What better past time during your break than casually hitting some balls with your coworkers (ping pong balls, of course), right?
The next step for Mayer is getting the mobile team custom PaddleYou paddles…actually she can get them for everyone.
In fact, it has been reported that California’s Governor placed a ping pong table at his predecessor’s old favorite spot, converting it into an open air ping pong area. During Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration, the area was covered by a tent and used for smoking cigars. The swap was apparently very much welcomed by the employees as they were recently seen celebrating a birthday while enjoying the game under the sun. The table has been around for a year and 1/2 now but it wasn’t really used. It appears however that its new location is attracting more players.
Jerry Brown is among those following the trend of California-based companies like Google, Facebook, Myspace, and more (including the rest of Silicon Valley), who have all integrated table tennis into their company’s culture (not to mention former San Francisco mayor Ed Lee).
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