The Physics of ribbon curling

Rationalising The Universe

One of the greatest scientific mysteries of the 21st Century has been solved, I joke of course. This piece of science news is in my mind a wonderful display of how you don’t always need a commercial (or even a logical) reason to study something. Anyone who is particularly keep on gift wrapping may know that when a sharp blade is run down the side of a ribbon it curls up, and, whilst it may shock you up to this point there has been very little scientific understanding of the process. Well a team in America decided that it was time for all of that to change, developing a robust model to put this to bed once and for all!

Draping thin pieces of PVC film over a blade, they were able to, using a weight chart the differences in the curls depending on different variables. The width of the curls…

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Author: Grandtrines

Like so many people, I am a paradox. I am a politically conservative vegetarian. I am from a Christian background, and still tend to like those values, but am a metaphysical astrologer trained in science who has an interest in the magic of ancient Egypt and a weird belief that some piece of our essence can live on a server. I live in Texas, but like chatting with my international Wordpress pals the best. I learn by teaching. Technically, I am a "Leo," but I am very, very Aquarian with a dose of Scorpio. I bitterly complain about Algol (and Algol personaliites), yet it is the one star that defines me most (other than Regulus). (Which, oddly, makes me an Algol personality.) I am a reclusive lover of peace and quiet who has the Ascendant in the Via Combusta (the most conflict ridden part of the zodiac). I am an incredibly private person with a blog with over 800 followers and 50 to 150 regular daily visitors. I could go on, but I think you get the picture.

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