Original video via Jason Kottke.
In plain English, here’s what’s happening: The top of the Slinky is accelerating downward at faster than the rate of gravity; the middle of the Slinky is accelerating downward at roughly the rate of gravity, and the bottom is being pulled upward by the Slinky at about the same rate that gravity is pushing it down. That’s why it stays still. No magic, just science.
Anyway, back to the GIFs:
- The men who attacked Istanbul's main airport on Tuesday, killing 44 people, were from Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan.
- The Pentagon is repealing its ban on transgender people serving openly in the U.S. military.
- Adnan Syed, whose murder conviction was a subject of the "Serial" podcast, is getting a new trial.