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(Science Magazine)   Science marches on: physicists learn that to avoid spilling coffee, walk slow and don't overfill your mug   (news.sciencemag.org) divider line 18
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2012-05-06 12:09:04 PM  
Wow. The wonders of science. Can they explain how not to spill the coffee when putting on those cheap plastic lids at the kiosk? Someone once told me not to fill the coffee to the brim but they weren't a scientist so fark their opinion.
 
2012-05-06 01:40:45 PM  
Furiously scribbling notes. Thank you subby.
 
2012-05-06 03:05:53 PM  
I wonder if this applies to beer too. I don't like spilling beer. Where is a scientist when I need him?
 
2012-05-06 03:14:59 PM  
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2012-05-06 03:20:16 PM  
Also, don't look down at the mug to see if it's spilling. Keep your eyes up, and towards where you are walking.
 
2012-05-06 03:32:53 PM  

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2012-05-06 03:34:44 PM  
If it starts to spill, throw it at the person who is nearest to you, then keep walking like nothing happened.
 
2012-05-06 03:58:47 PM  
pfft amateurs. Try walking up multiple decks to the bridge in heavy seas w/o spilling your coffee. Several times on a 'small' ship, you're literally walking on the walls to stay upright - or hanging by your free-hand waiting for the ladder(steps) to go vertical again. We didn't have freaking lids either.

/vividly remember riding a several hundred pound steel desk across the room several times when it broke it's welds to the bulkhead and proceeded to crush the filing cabinets and anything else that got in it's way. Sadly, coffee was spilled that day. Ship got hit by a rogue wave during a bad storm off NC - 580'+ ship took a 37 degree roll... our heading before we got hit was 185, after 245 - almost lost our cranes.
 
2012-05-06 04:15:56 PM  

born_yesterday: Also, don't look down at the mug to see if it's spilling. Keep your eyes up, and towards where you are walking.


I came here to say this; yet the article's "'take home' advice" is to look at the mug.
 
2012-05-06 05:17:55 PM  

Tired_of_the_BS: pfft amateurs. Try walking up multiple decks to the bridge in heavy seas w/o spilling your coffee. Several times on a 'small' ship, you're literally walking on the walls to stay upright - or hanging by your free-hand waiting for the ladder(steps) to go vertical again. We didn't have freaking lids either.

/vividly remember riding a several hundred pound steel desk across the room several times when it broke it's welds to the bulkhead and proceeded to crush the filing cabinets and anything else that got in it's way. Sadly, coffee was spilled that day. Ship got hit by a rogue wave during a bad storm off NC - 580'+ ship took a 37 degree roll... our heading before we got hit was 185, after 245 - almost lost our cranes.


Once we had a bulkhead completely cave in, the seas were well over 75 feet, we were over 750 miles from dry land and the water was coming in fast.
 
2012-05-06 08:36:13 PM  

Tired_of_the_BS: pfft amateurs. Try walking up multiple decks to the bridge in heavy seas w/o spilling your coffee. Several times on a 'small' ship, you're literally walking on the walls to stay upright - or hanging by your free-hand waiting for the ladder(steps) to go vertical again. We didn't have freaking lids either.

/vividly remember riding a several hundred pound steel desk across the room several times when it broke it's welds to the bulkhead and proceeded to crush the filing cabinets and anything else that got in it's way. Sadly, coffee was spilled that day. Ship got hit by a rogue wave during a bad storm off NC - 580'+ ship took a 37 degree roll... our heading before we got hit was 185, after 245 - almost lost our cranes.


TravisBickle62: Tired_of_the_BS: pfft amateurs. Try walking up multiple decks to the bridge in heavy seas w/o spilling your coffee. Several times on a 'small' ship, you're literally walking on the walls to stay upright - or hanging by your free-hand waiting for the ladder(steps) to go vertical again. We didn't have freaking lids either.

/vividly remember riding a several hundred pound steel desk across the room several times when it broke it's welds to the bulkhead and proceeded to crush the filing cabinets and anything else that got in it's way. Sadly, coffee was spilled that day. Ship got hit by a rogue wave during a bad storm off NC - 580'+ ship took a 37 degree roll... our heading before we got hit was 185, after 245 - almost lost our cranes.

Once we had a bulkhead completely cave in, the seas were well over 75 feet, we were over 750 miles from dry land and the water was coming in fast.


.

Anyone hear Gordon Lightfoot music?
 
2012-05-06 11:07:28 PM  

tedeb: born_yesterday: Also, don't look down at the mug to see if it's spilling. Keep your eyes up, and towards where you are walking.

I came here to say this; yet the article's "'take home' advice" is to look at the mug.


I think the authors should follow up with professional coffee carriers like Tired above you and waitresses. Any one of them will tell you that looking at the cup is the route to failure. Clearly, they've developed methods to carry full coffee at a good acceleration that keeps the liquid more stable than the first experiment pool did.
 
2012-05-06 11:08:42 PM  
Here's the trick I've learned, turn your cup 90 degrees every pace or two. It stops the flowing of the coffee over the edges of the cup
 
2012-05-06 11:18:28 PM  

gopher321: Tired_of_the_BS: pfft amateurs. Try walking up multiple decks to the bridge in heavy seas w/o spilling your coffee. Several times on a 'small' ship, you're literally walking on the walls to stay upright - or hanging by your free-hand waiting for the ladder(steps) to go vertical again. We didn't have freaking lids either.

/vividly remember riding a several hundred pound steel desk across the room several times when it broke it's welds to the bulkhead and proceeded to crush the filing cabinets and anything else that got in it's way. Sadly, coffee was spilled that day. Ship got hit by a rogue wave during a bad storm off NC - 580'+ ship took a 37 degree roll... our heading before we got hit was 185, after 245 - almost lost our cranes.

TravisBickle62: Tired_of_the_BS: pfft amateurs. Try walking up multiple decks to the bridge in heavy seas w/o spilling your coffee. Several times on a 'small' ship, you're literally walking on the walls to stay upright - or hanging by your free-hand waiting for the ladder(steps) to go vertical again. We didn't have freaking lids either.

/vividly remember riding a several hundred pound steel desk across the room several times when it broke it's welds to the bulkhead and proceeded to crush the filing cabinets and anything else that got in it's way. Sadly, coffee was spilled that day. Ship got hit by a rogue wave during a bad storm off NC - 580'+ ship took a 37 degree roll... our heading before we got hit was 185, after 245 - almost lost our cranes.

Once we had a bulkhead completely cave in, the seas were well over 75 feet, we were over 750 miles from dry land and the water was coming in fast.

.

Anyone hear Gordon Lightfoot music?


That or the theme from Gilligan's Island.
 
2012-05-06 11:55:44 PM  

gopher321: Wow. The wonders of science. Can they explain how not to spill the coffee when putting on those cheap plastic lids at the kiosk? Someone once told me not to fill the coffee to the brim but they weren't a scientist so fark their opinion.


People thinking this way explains why so many people believe stupid shiat, like that it's a good idea to let your infant sleep in bed with you or that evolution is a conspiracy or that those magnetic bracelets they sell at mall kiosks are worth buying.
 
2012-05-07 10:16:30 AM  
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2012-05-07 10:33:02 AM  
1. Science marches on: physicists

2. Wow. The wonders of science.

3. Where is a scientist when I need him?



FTFA: (title) The Physics of Spilled Coffee

second paragraph study author Rouslan Krechetnikov, a mechanical engineer

D'oh!

Not criticizing the study, it's cool, but it's just weird how AAAS so thoroughly (and effectively) spun that piece.
 
2012-05-07 12:40:15 PM  
My method has always been to avoid falling into a repetitive pace - varying my speed and stride to disrupt the oscillation in the cup. Added benefit: avoids attracting Sandworms.

gopher321:
Anyone hear Gordon Lightfoot music?

Naturally. Oh, Fark...
 
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