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Index A

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Index A

Extended Index

The Flying Circus of Physics,

second edition


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Abandoned mines 
      coal fires, 5.51
      frost circles and the danger of sinkholes, 4.96
Absorption of light, white becoming dark, 6.69
Acceleration records, 1.11, 1.11
Accidents 
     aerosol spray fires, 5.12
     airplane crash landing on Hudson River, 1.218
     airplane running out of fuel in flight, 1.18
     airplane, sucked from through window, 2.158     
     avalanche balloon, 2.109, 2.109
     bridge collapse, 
            house load, 1.214
            I-95, 1.71, 1.71
            Tacoma Bridge, 2.4, 2.4
     bunk-bed death, 1.260
     camel-car collision, 1.215
     carbon dioxide eruption, Lake Nyos, 2.55
     car crashes, 1.12
     cars sliding on ice, 1.202
     cat, long fall, 1.511.51
     children dying in closed cars, 4.84
     construction cranes falling down, 1.206
     current, dangerous levels, 5.23
     dust explosions, 5.11, 5.11
     Empire State Building, airplane crash, 1.54
     exploding manholes, 4.109
     falling tree propelled backward, 1.69
     feline high-rise syndrome, 1.51, 1.51
     gasoline station fires, 5.9, 5.9
     gurney fire in hospital (gurney forms a capacitor), 5.16, 5.16
     head-banging, detached retina, 1.11
     head-on car collision, 1.12
     head-on train collision, 1.13
     Hindenberg disaster, 5.15
     Houdini's death, punch to stomach, 1.46
     hospital gurney fire, 5.16, 5.16
     hot coals, walking on
           description, account of my burns, 4.8
           news accounts of severe burns, 4.9
     Lake Nyos lethal carbon dioxide eruption, 2.55
     Lake Peigneur suddenly draining into mine, giant vortex, 2.23
     lead, molten, damage, 4.7
     lightning -- people, cows, sheep, 5.2
     liquid nitrogen damage, 4.6, 4.6
     magnetic search for bullet, President Garfield, 5.41
     manhole explosions, 4.109
     methane explosion, 5.4
     mine explosions due to lightning, 5.4
     moose-car collision, 1.215
     Nimitz Freeway collapse, 2.103
     oil tanker, sparking and explosion, 5.13
     panic escape, 2.105
     pedestrian throw by car, 1.215
     powder explosions, electrical sparks, 5.11, 5.11
     quicksand
             grain, 2.104
             sand, 2.1022.102
                     video of me, Newton's Apple show
     rail crossing accidents, 7.54
     railroad tanker collapse, 4.54
     rattlesnake, still lethal after death, 4.1, 4.1
     rear-end car collision, whiplash injury, 1.14
     rockfalls, 2.116, 2.116
     rogue waves, 2.64
     shooting yourself down, airplane runs into its own bullets, 2.155
     ski jump crash, 2.7
     skywalk collapse, hotel, 1.47
     snorkeling dangers, 2.53, 2.53
     spin test explosion, 1.88
     submarine escape, 2.54
     submarine explosion, 1.126
              video, calculations
     submerged car escape, 2.189
     sucked from airplane through window, 2.158
     sugar plant explosion, 5.11
     surgery burns, fires, explosions, 5.25, 5.26
     Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse, 2.4, 2.4
     take-off illusion, aircraft carrier, 1.17
     tattoos and MRI, 5.40
     thrown through windshield, 1.253
     tire explosions, 4.114
     tongue stuck in bottle, 4.73
     train jackknifing, 1.72
     train size illusion, danger of, 7.59
     truck falls on car, 1.229
     truck fast turning, 1.239
     tug-of-war, giant, finger loss, 1.173
     tunnel fire, 4.95
     turkeys, fire while cooking, 4.80
     upward streamers knocking down football players, 5.2
     urinating onto electrified subway rail, 5.24
     vacuum exposure, 4.5
     vortex, giant, as lake drains into mine, 2.23
     window cleaner fall, 1.49

Acoustical mirror
     bats locating
            insects near vegetation, 3.24
            flowers, 3.25
     wartime detection of enemy aircraft, 3.85
Acoustic resonance bar trick, 3.43
Acoustic sculpture, 3.86
Acoustic shadows, 3.19, 3.19

Adhesive tape glow, 5.17, 5.17
Adherence by water, 1.57, 1.57
      video of me, Cleveland State University video series
Aeolian tones, 3.2

Aerosol can, flame from, 5.12

Afterimage and negative afterimage, 7.15, 7.15, 7.16
Ahlborg, Nadia, falling through Earth's center, 1.141
Aikido, 1.55, 1.111

Airbag, prolonging the stopping during a collision, 1.46
Air-mix machine, 2.162
Air traffic controller’s windows, 6.63, 6.79

Aircraft
      air traffic controller window optics, 6.63
      
bullets, airplane runs into its own, 2.155
     
contrails, 2.20
      crash into wall, 1.12 
      crash landing on Hudson River, 1.218
      discharging,
5.29
      g-loc (loss of consciousness) due to rapid acceleration,
2.46
      pilot vision with only one eye, 7.9
      protuberances on stealth aircraft absorb radar, 6.117
      retroreflectors behind enemy lines, World War II, 6.71
      running out of fuel while in flight,
1.18
      shooting yourself down, 2.155
      shock front, 6.100
      sucked from an airplane through a window, 2.158
      volcano sandblasting pilot's window, 6.105

Aircraft carrier of ice, 2.160
Aircraft carrier, takeoff illusion, 1.17

Air bag, 1.46
Air blast, 3.58

Airplane, physics in an
       bright and dark bands on wings, 6.100, 6.100
       bright scratches in window, scattering, 6.105
       cloud appearance with polarizing sunglasses, 6.127
       cloud bow, 6.127
       cloud-contrast bow, 6.10
       cloud shadows, 6.37
       contrail dark line, 6.44
       fast pouring by flight attendant, 2.194
       floaters in field of view, 7.5
       glory, 6.46
       heiligenschien, 6.44
       multiple images, double-pane windows, 6.79
       optical refraction near wing edge, 6.91
       pop can stability, 1.149
       pouring water in inverted airplane, 2.197
       retroreflectors on traffic signs, 6.70 
Aldrete, Gregory, cloth body armor, 1.130
Ale, 2.120 
Alexander the Great, cloth body armor, 1.130
Alexandria harbor, wave diffraction seen by Google Earth, 
2.165
Alexandrite effect, gem's color shifts with change in lighting, 6.96

Alice in Wonderland, falling through tunnel through Earth's center, 1.141
Alligator death roll, conservation of angular momentum, 1.209
Alpine glow, mountain top illuminated with twilight purple light, 6.145

Aluminum, foil and tooth, electric tingling, 5.27

Amplifier, electric guitar distortion in rock, 5.45

Amusement park, 
 
        bodiless head illusion, 6.62
         carnival bottle swing,
1.177
         Ferris wheel, 1.19, 1.19
         flea circus, 1.200

         laser shoot-out game, reflection game, 6.67
         roller coaster, scariest car, 1.19, 1.19
         Rotor, 1.19
         vertical coaster, 1.19, 1.19
         vertical fall, 1.19
Anableps anableps, vision in air and water simultaneously, 7.19

Anamorphic art, 6.77, 6.77

Ancient constructions, 
         Alexandria harbor, wave diffraction seen by Google Earth, 2.165
         Easter Island statues, erecting, 1.62
         Echoes and acoustic resonance at ancient sites, 3.65-3.66
         Egyptian pyramids, erecting, 1.64
         Mayan pyramid bird-like echoes, 3.653.65
         Newgrange
                acoustics, 3.66
                solstice sunbeam penetrating to inner chamber, 6.236.23
         rock-art echoes, 3.66, 3.66
         Stonehenge, erecting, 1.63
         Temple of Kukulkan, echoes, 3.65, 3.65
Anderson, Paul, lifting huge weight, 1.41, 1.41

Andes glow, 5.21

Angel, Criss, magic,
         floating between two buildings,
1.210
         walking on water,
6.89
Angular momentum
         alligator death roll, 1.209
         astronaut maneuvers in space, 1.97
         ballet tour jete, 1.100
         bullet spinning
               in air, 1.112
               on ice, 1.236
         cards, thrown, 2.10, 2.10
         cat, falling, 1.51, 1.51
         diving maneuvers, 1.97
         football throw by quarterback, 1.112
         quadruple somersault, first time, aerial acrobat, 1.98
Animals
         alligator
               death roll,
1.209
               gastroliths, 2.49 
         anableps anableps vision in water and air simultaneously,
7.19
         ant
               desert navigation,
6.128, 6.1287.38
               electrical effects, 5.33
               nest ventilation, 2.22
         aphid and liquid marbles, 2.94
         armadillo huddling,
4.4, 4.4
         basilisk lizard, run on water, 2.42, 2.58, 6.89
         bats 
                acoustic mirror effect,
3.24
                detection of insect, 3.24, 3.24
                detection of flower, 3.25
         bees
               electrical effects, 5.32
               navigation, 7.38              
 
              thermal attack on hornet, 4.3, 4.3
               Van Gogh painting, 7.54
         beetle
               bombardier, aiming its acid stream with coanda effect,
2.50, 2.50
               brilliant white beetle due to internal structure of scales, 6.158
               click, leaping,
1.40
               fog basking, condensing water on hydrophilic bumps, 4.67
               Hercules beetle, color shifting, 6.15
               opal coloration, diffraction, 6.95

               remote detection of forest fire by infrared light, 4.2
               scarabeid, colors due to surface structure, 6.115
               tiger beetle colors due to surface structure, 6.115
               whirl-a-gig (gyrinid) colors, diffraction grating, 6.115
         big horn sheep
               head-to-head collisions, 1.10
               rock climbing, 1.60
         bird 
               blue jay, color due to surface structure, 6.15
               droppings (poop) 
                    danger of electric flashover in power lines, 5.22
                    effect on surface wetting, 2.98
               flocking,
2.166         
               spinning in place on water surface, 2.27
               vee formation in flying,
2.182.18
         bullfrog croaking through eardrums, 3.11
         bull riding, 1.92, 1.92
         buoyancy adjustment with stomach stones, 2.49
         butterfly 
               colors due to surface structure,
6.115 
               vision,
6.117, 6.117
         camels, men jumping over in a contest, 1.38
         canary, color due to selective absorption, 6.115
         cat
               charged,
5.8
               chimney climbing, 1.60
               falling, 1.511.51
               purring, 3.8
               rotating, 1.97        
         caterpillar, colors of tent due to surface structures, 6.115
         chiton, mineral eyes,
7.51
         cicadas, sounds of, 3.14          
         cow magnet, 5.43
         cow tipping, 1.266
         cricket chirps, 3.12
         crocodile
                death roll, 1.209
                floating adjustment with stomach stones, 2.49
                vision, 7.18
          dinosaur
                blood pressure, 2.47
                sound,
3.9, 3.9
                stomach stones (gastroliths), 2.49
                swimming sauropods, 2.48
                tail flick, 3.59
         dog, charged,
5.8
         dolphin
                bow wave riding,
2.70, 2.70
                ring vortex production, 2.40
         duck
                feathers keep it dry,
2.97
                wake pattern, 2.68
         eel, electric, 5.28
         elephant
                long distance calls (refraction), 3.10
                snorkeling,
2.53, 2.53
         fish
                Anableps anableps, 7.19
                archer fish, 6.85
                electric fish, 5.28

                fisherman seeing a fish, 6.84, 6.126

                fish seeing fisherman, 6.85 
                lens, 7.19
         flea circus, 1.200
         fly
               in gun blast,
2.185
               polarized light, 6.126
         frog 
               brain cooling by eye evaporation, 4.61
               bullfrog croaking through eardrums, 3.11
               magnetic levitating, 5.48
               transparent,
6.90
               tree-cavity sounds, 3.13
         gecko
               adhesion, 5.35
               vision, 7.33
         giraffe, blood pressure,
2.47
         gyrinid beetles, 6.115
         Hercules beetle, color shifting, 6.115
         hermit crab vision, 7.42
         herring, colors due to surface structures, 6.115
         hornet, killed thermally by bees,
4.3, 4.3 
         insects
                colors due to surface structures, 6.115
                plumes, flying in warm updrafts, 4.93
                polarized light attracting flies to windows,
6.126
                water walking, 2.85, 2.85
         jumping beans, 1.39, 1.39
         lion roaring, 3.8
         lizards
                rain harvesting, 2.82
                walking on water, 2.42
         lobster, spiny, sound production, 3.12
         mollusk, mineral eyes,
7.51
         monkey colors due to surface structures, 6.115
         moth
                jumping beans,
1.39, 1.39
                vision, 6.117, 6.117  
         penguin
                huddling,
4.4, 4.4
                leaping, 1.197
                vision, 7.18
                voices (beat frequencies),
3.15
         platypus, electric field detection, 5.56
         polar bear hollow hairs, 4.58
         polarized light detection
                ants,
6.128, 6.128
                flies, 6.126
         porpoise, bow wave riding,
2.70, 2.70
         prairie dog burrow ventilation, 2.22
         rattlesnake, lethal even after death, 4.1, 4.1
         scorpion, wave detection,
1.127, 1.127
         sand worms of Dune, 1.224
         scallops eyes, 7.17
         sheep
                black, in desert, 4.59
                collisions of big-horn sheep, 1.10
                rock climbing, 1.60
         shorebirds prey harvesting, 2.83
         shrimp
                fatal acoustic wave
                      energy storage and release, 1.40
                      wave, 
3.50, 3.50
                plumes, 4.93
         snakes,
                clinging,
1.243
                gliding, 2.12
                infrared detection by, 4.1, 4.1
                slithering, 1.233
                squirrels, 4.1
         spider web,
                colors, 6.105
                oscillations revealing presence of insect, 1.123
         squid, bacteria illuminates its shadow, 6.90
         squirrel versus snake,
4.1
         termite mound temperature regulation, 4.83
         toad, catapult-like propulsion of tongue, 1.27
         turtles, self-righting, 1.274
         water striders, 2.80
2.85, 2.85
         whale,
                 bubble nets, 2.79
                 sound production, 3.16
          whirl-a-gig beetle, 6.115
          woodpecker,  collisions and brain, 1.10
Antenna oscillation,
1.183

Antibubbles, 2.124

Anticounterfeiting
          color-shifting inks, 6.119, 6.119
          optically variable devices, 6.109

Ants
        electrical effects, 5.33
        navigation, 6.128, 6.128, 7.38
        nest ventilation, 2.22

Aphids, 2.94

Apple
        pressure under a pile, 2.140

        sounds of fresh versus mealy, 3.52
        speckle on, 6.124

Aquatic insects
       gyrinid beetles, 6.115
       polarized light detection, 6.126, 6.1267.38
       water striders, 2.80, 2.85
Arago spot, 6.151, 6.151

Arch formation in granular flow, 2.105, 2.107

Archaeology, magnetic effects, 5.39

Archer fish, 6.85
Archery, 1.131, 7.9

Archimedes death ray, 6.81

Architecture 
       see Ancient Structures (above),
       see Buildings (below)
       Katrina Hurricane, New Orleans, 2.156
       Leaning Tower of Pisa, 1.67, 1.67
Armadillo huddling, 4.4, 4.4

Armor, body, 1.130, 1.130
Arrow
       catching, 7.9
       stopped by fabric, 1.130, 1.130
Art
       acoustic sculpture, 3.86
       anamorphic art, 6.77, 6.77       
       bees and, 7.54 
       Blue Meanies in The Yellow Submarine, 7.22
       depth in oil paintings, 7.14
       glaze, perception of depth, 7.14
       glossy velvet and varnish, 6.131
       impressionism, 7.10
       kaleidoscope, 6.65
       Lotto's Husband and Wife, perspective controversy, 6.76
       Mach bands, 7.25
       Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergere, 6.75, 6.75
       Missing moon in Munch painting, 6.61
       Mona Lisa's smile, 7.31
       Munch's Girls on the Pier, 6.61 
       Munch's The Scream, 6.8
       mural magnetism, Earth's field migration, 5.39
       museum glass, reflections, 6.88
       op art, 7.13, 7.13
       Paleolithic art and drug-induced phosphenes, 7.7
       pictures become crooked, 1.147
       pointillistic paintings, 7.11
       polarized light, 6.129
       poured, 2.188 
       Renaissance art and optical projectors, 6.76
       Rower, Holten, poured art, 2.188
       Seddon's Pyramids of Gizeh6.15
       skin softness, optics, 6.133
       traffic control,  anamorphic sign, 6.77
       van  Gogh's Red Vineyard at Arles, 6.47, 7.6
       van Gogh's Starry Night, 7.6
       van Gogh's Sunflowers, 7.54
       Waterhouse's I am half sick of shadows, 6.75
       Wigan's miniature art, 5.8
Aspen
trees, colors, 6.121

Astronaut 
        maneuvering, 1.97
        vacuum exposure, 4.5, 4.5

Atlatl, (weapon), 1.27

Atmospheric physics
        alpenglow (Alpine glow), 6.145
        art, 6.15
        auroras
               formation, 5.46
               sounds, 3.80
        Bishop's ring (solar halo, volcano caused), 6.9
        blue moon, 6.50, 6.50
        bright nights, meteor showers, 6.148
        Christmas tree lights at distance, 6.17
        city lights at distance, 6.17, 6.17
        cloud
               brightness, 6.58
               iridescent, 6.49
               nacreous (mother of pearl), 6.144
               noctilucent (luminous night clouds), 6.59
               red, 6.6
               silver lining, 6.58
        cloud bow, 6.127
        cloud-contrast bow, 6.10
        corona, 6.47
        crown flash, 6.27
        earthshine, 6.43, 6.43
        green flash, 6.24
        haze colors, 6.16
        halos and sun dogs, 6.34, 6.35
        horizon
                 distance, 6.18
                 white, 6.5
        ice blink (maps in sky), 6.20, 6.20
        line across distant rain, 6.147
        luminous, large areas, moving across sky, 6.149
        mirage
                Fata Morgana, 6.30
                hillingar effect, 6.30
                hafgerdingar effect, 6.30
                Marfa, Texas, 6.30
                oasis, 6.28
                roadway, 6.28, 6.28
                wall, 6.29
                water monsters, mermaids, mermen, 6.30
        Moon
                 blue, 6.50, 6.50
                 red in lunar eclipse, 6.26
        moonbow, 6.2, 6.2
        mountain colors, 6.6
        noctilucent clouds (luminous night clouds), 6.59
        pillar below Sun or Moon, 6.35
        rainbow
                first and second order, 6.1, 6.1
                third and fourth order, 6.1
        rays of Buddha (bright and dark shafts), 6.15
        searchlight beam abrupt end, 6.22
        shadow bands, eclipse, 6.33
        shimmy, optical, 6.32
        sky
                 brightness instead being dark, 6.4
                 colors,
                      Australian red sky, 6.5
                      blue daytime sky, 6.5
                      blue enhancement at sunset, 6.13
                      dark patch and rosy border at sunset, 6.14
                      green sky (green thunderstorms), 6.12
                      nighttime sky color, 6.5
                      overcast sky color, 6.19
                      red sunsets, 6.5
                      solar eclipse color, 6.11
                      volcanic coloring, 6.8
                      white horizon, 6.5
                maps in the sky, 6.20, 6.20
                polarization
                      ant navigation, 6.128, 6.128, 7.38
                      honeybee navigation, 6.128
                      Viking navigation, 6.127
                      way to colorfully detect, 6.127
                ripples in the sky, 6.146
                shape, perceived, 7.2
        star twinkle, 6.32
        Sun
                  distortion when low, 6.25
                  green flash, 6.21
Atomic bomb shock wave, 3.54
Audience scanning, lasers used in rock concerts, 6.164
Auroras
        formation, 5.46
        sounds, 3.80
Australian red dawn, 6.5
Avalanche balloon, 2.109, 2.109

Avalanche
        grains, 2.106, 2.107
        snow, 2.114

Avalanche victim, sounds, 3.71

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