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Counting Swing Cycles

by Eva

A curious thing about the physics of a swing is that the amount of time it takes to swing a full cycle is independent of your mass or of how high you are swinging. People can synchronize and get melodic rewards ♫♫ on our swings, even if one person swings dangerously high and the other timidly low. Their swing cycle times are theoretically the same because a swing acts as a simple pendulum – a mass attached to a pivot – and all you need to calculate a pendulum’s cycle time is the length of the pendulum and the local acceleration of gravity.

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Choreographies for Humans & Stars: Nuit Blanche Stats

by Eva

On March 1st Montreal’s annual Nuit Blanche brought crowds of art lovers to Espace pour la vie. Besides hanging out with the penguins at the Biodome, they could also play with our interactive installation Choreographies for Humans and Stars in front of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium.

Over the course of Nuit Blanche – from 6pm to 3am – they produced:

2256 x stars
202 x constellations
11273 x star links
418 x revolving planets
3664 x sun explosions
230 x eclipses
5492 x shooting stars

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