## How to Use Physics to Tell If That Steph Curry Video Is Real

Could the Golden State Warriors legend really sink five full-court shots in a row? Some clever modeling can give fans a clue. ..

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## Is There an Optimal Driving Speed that Saves Gas—and Money?

Gasoline prices are over \$4 a gallon at the pump. If you want to save some cash on your commute, maybe you need to slow down. ..

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## At the Dawn of Life, Heat May Have Driven Cell Division

A mathematical model shows how a thermodynamic mechanism could have made protocells split in two. ..

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## The World Is Messy. Idealizations Make the Physics Simple

Even ordinary actions, like tossing a tennis ball, can be extraordinarily complex to calculate. The trick is knowing what to leave out. ..

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It’s hard enough to predict the outcome of ball collisions in a game of billiards. Do you also have to factor in a player’s effect on the cue ball? ..

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## You Need to Weigh Some Water. All You’ve Got Is a Paper Clip

OK, so you might need a couple other supplies, but your best option is to do what MacGyver would do: Turn it into a scale. ..

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## This Dam Acts Like a Water Cannon. Let’s Do Some Physics!

Like a giant bucket with a hole, the Funil Hydropower Plant sprays out an enormous jet of water. We can use its speed to calculate the depth of the reservoir. ..

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## 2 Baseballs Collided at an MLB Game. How Did That Happen?

During a pregame warmup, Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper batted a line drive right into a ball zooming in from the outfield. It's not impossible, but it's ..

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