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Subject[OFFTOPIC] Re: linux kernel hackers discover new theory of relativity!

> I blame it on all those space cadet shows that have their space craft
> spinning sections of their bodies supposedly to create artificial gravity.
> I've always wondered though, if the spinning resulted in artificial gravity
> (I assume because of the direction of the floor in relation to those inside)
> then what about when this spinning object is travelling in a direction
> different from the spin direction.

Babylon 5 is closer to the reality of physics - the spinning station creates artificial gravity, but only for people standing on the inside walls of the cylinder. Those who are near of rotation axis are in zero-gravity. This is not gravity guys, it's centrifugal force, the same that pushes you against your car's window when you take a sharp turn.

Christophe Dupre
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RISQ inc.
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