Wet-dog physics

Wet, hairy animals shake at just the right speeds to get rid of water

By Stephen Ornes, 18:40 PM November 8, 2010




Mice do it. Chihuahuas do it. So do tigers, rats and pandas. These animals really know how to shake.


Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta recently recorded video of 40 different animals, representing 15 different species. The scientists wanted to see how wet, hairy mammals shake off water after they get drenched. What the videos revealed is that animals’ shaking behavior could be described by physics — the science of matter, energy and motion. (Watch a video.)


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