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    The Pentagon spent $170K on a study called 'Walking with coffee: Why does it spill?'

    The Pentagon spent $170K on a study called 'Walking with coffee: Why does it spill?'

    If you walk carrying an uncovered cup of coffee, it will probably spill.

    To unravel the great mysteries of this phenomenon, the Pentagon gave $170,000 to researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The grant was made through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, whose mission is "to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security."

    In a resultant study entitled, "Walking with coffee: Why does it spill?" the scientists found that "in the walking with coffee problem the motions of the human body, while seemingly regular, are quite complex and are coupled to a coffee cup and liquid therein, which makes it difficult to unravel the precise reasons behind coffee spilling."
    http://journals.aps.org/pre/abstract...RevE.85.046117

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Wiley View Post
    The Pentagon spent $170K on a study called 'Walking with coffee: Why does it spill?'

    If you walk carrying an uncovered cup of coffee, it will probably spill.

    To unravel the great mysteries of this phenomenon, the Pentagon gave $170,000 to researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The grant was made through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, whose mission is "to make pivotal investments in breakthrough technologies for national security."

    In a resultant study entitled, "Walking with coffee: Why does it spill?" the scientists found that "in the walking with coffee problem the motions of the human body, while seemingly regular, are quite complex and are coupled to a coffee cup and liquid therein, which makes it difficult to unravel the precise reasons behind coffee spilling."
    http://journals.aps.org/pre/abstract...RevE.85.046117
    I imagine that this has useful military analogs in fuel containment within ocean-going vessels and in aircraft, and was a lot cheaper to study.
    Good thinking!

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    That is $170K not spent on killing civilians abroad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laughing dog View Post
    That is $170K not spent on killing civilians abroad.
    Also $170k not spend on useful public services.

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    Less coffee spilled means more coffee consumed, and more alert servicemen.


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    We know that coffee is likely to spill in different environments and when walking. Actually large ocean going vessels can be generally quite stable unless hit with a giant wave where there is a momentary jolt

    The Chinese resolved this a a few thousand years ago regarding tea. Certain cups have a lid on which can be secured with a metal clip. So in the case of irregular movement the drink won't spill. I have two of these for coffee. It also keeps the drink warm for a longer period of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhea View Post
    I imagine that this has useful military analogs in fuel containment within ocean-going vessels and in aircraft, and was a lot cheaper to study.
    Good thinking!
    Yeah, while they're talking about coffee I would think it would be generally applicable to the transport of open-topped containers of liquid.

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    What, you want a bunch of heavily armed soldiers wandering around all pissed off because their coffee spilled? This study saved lives. You people are murdering psychopaths for being annoyed with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfield View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by laughing dog View Post
    That is $170K not spent on killing civilians abroad.
    Also $170k not spend on useful public services.
    I am not seeing any actual references to the funding of this study. Which was fluid dynamics study in what I expect was tongue in cheek.

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    Pro tip: if you balance the coffee cup between your thighs before you spill it you can sue for millions of dollars because who would've thought coffee would be hot!
    It would pay for the study several times over!
    Last edited by Derec; 06-05-2016 at 08:02 PM.

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