Finally, physicists are catching up to cowboys—at least in the lasso department. With the help of a trick roper who works at Disneyland Paris, a custom built “robo-cowboy,” and a researcher who spent hours practicing with a lasso, a team of physicists has mathematically mastered a trick called the flat loop, in which the loop in the lasso rotates horizontally near the roper’s legs. By analyzing high-speed video of both the professional roper and the robo-cowboy (essentially a couple of motorized, rotating joints that mimic the motion of a human arm and wrist) performing the flat loop, the scientists isolated the specific forces that govern the lasso’s movement and wrote the first equations that accurately describe the behavior of the rope during the trick. The key to performing the flat loop like a true cowboy? Making sure you have the right amount of loop in your lasso. About 75% of the total length of the lasso needs to be in the loop for the trick to work properly, the team reports today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A. Any less and the system will collapse, with the loop shrinking down to a point—a common problem for beginners who tend to make their loops too small. Similar mechanics are seen in industrial yarn processing, the researchers say, although for now they plan to concentrate future work on mathematically describing more complex cowboy tricks.
Go back to the enewsletterInfinite Luxury, the management company of Kata Rocks has announced the newest appointment of three senior team members to their marketing team.From left to right: Kunrapats ‘Dome’ Yodsapakphinyo, Russell Chew and Marie GonevilleMarie Gonneville – Marketing Communications Manager at Kata RocksMarie holds a BA degree in communications, journalism and PR from the University of Montreal in Canada. She has over 15 years of experience in luxury brand marketing, having started her career as a brand manager and ambassador for Grand Marnier in Canada followed by the role of regional marketing manager for Moët Hennessy. Marie was then key account manager at Diageo before returning to Moët Hennessy as national PR and communications manager looking after the entire brand portfolio of Moët Hennessy Canada – part of LVMH (Moët Hennessy, Louis Vuitton).Russell Chew – Events Director with Infinite LuxuryRussell joins Infinite Luxury with a wealth of experience across creative fields from hair and makeup artistry with M.A.C Cosmetics and Dior Backstage, to fashion showcase styling, choreography and creative directing for Sony Singapore and TV production. His career in events started in 2004 and since then Russell has organised hundreds of event projects in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Thailand, Miami, New York, Philadelphia and now in Phuket. Russell also played a key role in the success of the 2018 Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous, helping position it as the leading yachting event in Asia.Kunrapats ‘Dome’ Yodsapakphinyo – Infinite Luxury Club ManagerDome is on board as the new Infinite Luxury Club Manager. With more than 20 years of residential sales experience, Dome first joined Kata Rocks in 2008 during pre-opening phase and was instrumental in the success of Kata Rocks property sales. The Infinite Luxury Club combines Exclusive Property Investment with luxury lifestyle.“All bring a wealth of experience to their respected field from different parts of the world, and I am confident that they will all play an important role in further strengthening Kata Rock’s position as Phuket’s leading luxury resort,” said Michael Nurbatlian, Director of Marketing at Infinite Luxury.Go back to the enewsletter