Sunday, November 14, 2010

Talk about Algebra: Cat-applications

Who says you never use this stuff in real life?

Researchers wanted to know how fast a cat's tongue moved while it was lapping up milk.  And being a funny sort set out to find out.....

The engineers worked out a formula: the lapping frequency should be the weight of the cat species, raised to the power of minus one-sixth and multiplied by 4.6. They then made friends with a curator at Zoo New England, the nonprofit group that operates the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Mass., who let them videotape his big cats. Lions, leopards, jaguars and ocelots turned out to lap at the speeds predicted by the engineers.

Read more here and giggle.

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