Say there is a flat plane/field and there is a consistent amount of wind in one direction across it across a wide area, at speed x mph. If a device that creates air movement is placed on the surface of that field, and creates air movement with the existing wind but just slightly faster (x+n same direction), will the wind in front of the air-mover travel faster than the air-mover's speed (x+n+b)? [more inside]
Once we develop the technology of manned, long-term space travel (such as star trek, for example), how would our spaceships hulls and housing be protected from things such as solar wind, other "energy debris", and deterioration? [more inside]
I'm a mid-20's guy who often gets told that I look better with longer hair. Unfortunately, I'm terrible at styling so I usually stick with shorter lengths. Lately, I've been trying to grow the 'do out a bit. Although I am able to leave the house looking alright, if the wind is blowing I am liable to end up looking like a crazy person within moments. Please share with me advice on how to tame my hair into submission! [more inside]
Trying to keep bad hair under control throughout the work day without looking like I'm 12. Help? [more inside]
Yesterday I left 2 apartment windows cranked partially open and, in the heavy winds later that evening, they broke. There is a possibility my landlord could try and charge us for replacing them (~$175 ea). Help me prep in case it goes that way. Oakland, CA. [more inside]
The Biglow Canyon Wind Farm in Oregon, south of the Columbia River, has around 200 wind turbines operating. A while ago I drove past this installation at night time and I noticed that all the lights on top of the turbines - to indicate their presence to aircrafts, no doubt - were blinking in a totally synchronized manner. How is that possible? [more inside]
I have made it to middle age without realizing that other people are capable of holding in their flatulence until a time and location where it can be expelled without offending greater society. My body does not work this way. After a small window of warning, they just. Come. Out. Am I a freak of nature? How did my bowels never learn this marvelous trick? [more inside]
New York City dwellers: Do you use Green Mountain Energy for your household power? Why or why not? [more inside]
I have a box fan running in my window. It pushes out a lot of air when I hold my hand in the front but when I hold my hand on the back of the fan it barely feels like any air is being pulled in. Where is the extra air coming from? [more inside]
My love takes great pleasure in wind blowing through trees, preferably rustling, leafy, big trees. Looking for vacation spots where 1) there are guaranteed trees and highly likely wind, and 2) we can get a warm, toasty room with a great view of said trees. Other than those two criteria, it can be anywhere, any time of year. Where and when would this be?
Mad science/weather physicsfilter: I live in a small town in the Midwest right at the moment. It gets very, very cold, and most of the actual suffering part of the cold is due to high winter winds. Why can't towns like this just build city walls, ancient Athens-style, say 20 feet high or so (more?) to keep the wind out? There must be some obvious physics/ecology reason why this wouldn't work, someone explain it to me?
Short-term (prepaid?) mobile in Regina, Saskatchewan. [more inside]
What's it really like living near a wind farm? [more inside]
How low can a helicopter fly before people on the ground are affected by its downdraft? Is there a standard way of calculating downdraft strength and diameter at various heights? [more inside]
Do these things on windshield wipers serve any function, or are they purely decorative? And is there a name for them? [more inside]
Can wind affect sound waves? [more inside]
Are there any mythological creatures or figures in Russian folklore that are particularly associated with storms, wind or bad weather? Are there any particular stories that expand on what Wikipedia has to say?
Where can I find wind forecast maps months in advance? [more inside]
When sailing, how do you protect your face from wind and salt as well as the sun? [more inside]
Please talk to me about dealing with the symptoms of trapped wind (gas). My husband is really suffering and I'm bewildered. [more inside]
There is air coming under the window sill. [more inside]
I have been taking video with my iPhone 4 recently, but it's been windy so I get a lot of wind noise. What's the best way to go about reducing the wind noise, and/or how can I make a microphone cover/windscreen for the iPhone 4?
I can fix it! Maybe. The pilot on our Williams P321638 wall heater keeps going out. Sometimes as often as every minute. Can someone help me confirm the logic to my proposed approach? [more inside]
I'm searching for an old BBC-style Sound Effects recording. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
I want to know the performance statistics of various classes of RC helicopters in Light, Moderate and Heavy Winds. EX Could you reliably fly one in 15-20 knots of wind? Or higher? [more inside]
Help me make my noisy, windy city balcony more enjoyable. [more inside]
Wind proof headphones for running and biking? [more inside]
Anyone have any recent experience with Hackintosh or OSx86 on the MSI Wind netbook? [more inside]
I recently bought an MSI Wind u100 160G 3 Cell netbook, and am very happy with the little thing. I used to have a mac, am familiar with windows, but am considering going the LINUX route. [more inside]
We are considering buying a Skystream wind turbine for a new home we're building in Northern New Hampshire (in the U.S.) Does anyone have any first-hand experience with this brand of turbine? Has it performed as well as expected and held up over time?
What would it take of an alternative energy to make a serious impact in current global energy consumption? What cost/benefits would it need to demonstrate over and above existing sources? Who would need to seriously start using it? Anybody have some good sources of information or discussion on this topic?
I'm looking for daily data about current global wind patterns. [more inside]
Some time ago, I was in Chicago and visited the Sears Tower. The observation deck was closed due to high winds. Why? [more inside]
I was going to post this as myself, but I bottled out. I can be contacted on cabbagebreath68 @ googlemail.com. What can I do to limit the amount of gas produced by eating foods such as beans, cauliflower, radishes, etc? [more inside]
I wish to travel the world, learning about renewable energy. Discuss. [more inside]
Hi, folks! I'd just like to ask, out of curiosity, which wind instruments (especially brass) require the least effort and wind. I'm thinking of taking up something, but proper breathing is not my strong suit and I'm looking for something less taxing to build it up on. Any help with this query will be most appreciated!
When I'm driving, why is the wind less strong when two windows are open than when I just have the driver's window down? [more inside]
Does the atmosphere rotate? In other words, is there a net shift in air around the globe, east to west? [more inside]
I'm living the "uphill both ways" joke. I cycle to work, and I've always got a headwind, every day, in both directions. Why? [more inside]
Stuctural-engineering filter: I need some help figuring out requirements for a temporary art installation that needs to stand up to the wind. [more inside]
Projectile filter: Anyone familiar with the injury known as "wind of ball"? [more inside]
I'm looking for a link to a famous(ish) picture featuring an impossibly windy day. [more inside]
My sister is in Italy - and is trying to use an italian (Wind) SIM card in her American cingular GSM phone. It's asking her for a PAC and PIN number - which she doesn't know. What does she do? [more inside]
I have accepted that if I wish to preserve my reproductive organs, I will need to acquire a long coat rather quickly. but what to look out for?
I have accepted that if I wish to preserve my reproductive organs, I will need to acquire a long coat rather quickly. but what to look out for? [more inside]
We're hammering out an ordinance to allow small wind turbine power generators in our town. We'd like to cover all the bases, and are looking for good and bad from other towns. [more inside]
Our cooktop has a downdraft vent to the outside. We live in a windy area and the flap on the vent bangs often. It's also a huge heat loss. How can I keep it closed when not in use? [more inside]
soundeffectfilter: Looking for the sound effect that is used when a bad joke falls flat. [more inside]
If I wanted to learn all about the energy industy, what would be some good books and resources? [more inside]
What effect would a massive growth in renewable energy sources have on the environment? [more inside]
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