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If hydrogen and helium are lighter than air, why won't liquid hydrogen and liquid helium defy gravity?

Title says it all. If hydrogen and helium are lighter than air, why won't liquid hydrogen and liquid helium defy gravity?
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The Ultimate Hand Dryer

I have come across many hand dryers that attempt to dry your hands really fast after you wash them. Here are two of them: XLERATOR http://www.exceldryer.com/ Dyson Airblade ...
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Speed of a fly inside a car

A couple of weeks ago I was travelling in a car (120 km/h approximately) and I saw a fly flying in front of me (inside the car, near my nose, windows closed). I wonder how was that possible. Does it ...
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Train motion… Push or Pull?

While arguing against my friend today about the turbulence appearing between train's wheels. I told that the train pushes air aside during its motion through the tracks. But, he rejected it. Then, ...
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Is it reasonable for a heavy door to “open by itself” (ie from differences in air pressure) if it had already been slightly ajar?

If you consider a basically uniform massive door (say, 300 N) where there is some coefficient $\mu_{s,k}$ of static and kinetic friction between the thing on the inside of the door, and where the ...
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What is the volume of a parcel of air of a giving weight at average sea level pressure

I know this is probably some basic math once you have the figures, but my Google-fu is failing me. Say I have 5 pounds of air. Air meaning, the typical composition of the atmosphere of Earth. And by ...
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Why does my eardrum feel strange inside a car?

When I was riding a car (I was not the driver), my eardrum felt a little similar to the case when I was in a plane that was taking off, and little loss of hearing. Nothing was played inside. The ...
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Viability of Dysons bladeless fans? [closed]

Do Dyson's bladeless fans produce enough air pressure to cool say an air conditioning unit and do they produce a vortex pressure like a bladed fan?
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If a balloon is continuously filled with air and stays at a constant shape and size will there be any empty space in the balloon?

If a container like a balloon but with constant volume is filled, is it possible to pack air molecules so closely together that they don't have any empty space between them? If so, what would this ...
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What mechanisms exist for generating lift on a static object?

What mechanisms exist for generating lift on a static object? Condition is: Other than propellers I know that generating lift on a static object in a sense of anti-gravity for e.g. drone is not ...
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The measurement of $g$ and air resistance

Suppose I am trying to determine the value of the acceleration due to gravity by simply dropping objects from a ledge. If I did not account for air resistance, would the acceleration due to gravity ...
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Is air resistance affected by both mass and surface area?

If so, which has the biggest impact?
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Why do particles in high pressure air always flow to lower pressure?

The title really says it all: Why is this case? A "Feynman type" answer would be really appreciated as I'm more of a layman that a physicist.
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Which one conducts heat better: water, or air?

If we were to assume room temperature of 20C, which of the fluids conducts heat better, and why?
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Simulate free fall in a rotating torus?

Say I have a rotating torus filled with air at 1 atmospheric pressure at sufficient speed (and inclined along the direction of the force of gravity with respect to Earth). If the rotation speed were ...
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Speed of sound in air

Quick question. I thought that the speed of sound in air was constant, say in the right conditions of pressure and temperature, and humidity... 300 m/s. Now, if I have a sound source that moves ...
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What caused Simon Faithfull's chair to fall appart?

There is an art/science video clip on youtube, by Simon Faithful, called Escape Vehicle no.6 (chair in space). It shows a simple steel office chair, tied to a weather balloon, ascending into the upper ...
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Can low end hepa vaccums still clean near all of the air?

In the US HEPA filters will remove 99.97% of particles sized 0.3 microns. In Europe HEPA filters do not have to meet this exact figure and there are different classes of HEPA filters e.g. h10(removes ...
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Change in volume of air held at the top of a tube with upper end closed and holding some liquid [closed]

Consider a tube both end open.dip one end in a container with water..close the top with your thumb..(make sure some air remains between your thumb and the liquid in the tube)..now take the tube out of ...
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HEPA vs. water filter in vacuum cleaning

What is the difference between air being filtered with HEPA or water? Which one performs better within a non-allergic home environment? Does water filter have a meaning still when common vacuum ...
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Weighing a flying bird [duplicate]

Let thing of a bird standing still in a box on top of a weighing machine that shows a mass $m_0$. Now, imagine that the bird is flying, still in the same box and the same weighing machine shows a mass ...
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Why do we feel a sudden chill?

When we are in a room, especially in some old houses, we feel this sudden rush of cold air. How does a strong air current arise and pass away so quickly?(lasts for about a second) I know air-currents ...
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Supermarket refrigerator - why is it noticebable colder in this shop area?

As we know fridge can't cool room in which it is (according to Second Law of Thermodynamics, heat emitted by fridge is greater than heat absorped). However, when we go next to the fridge in ...
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What is it that makes this structure cause turbulence?

I'm trying to design a quasi-simple vertical axis wind turbine, and a coworker came up with this design to focus the wind as it reaches the turbine in a wind tunnel. He says that there's going to be ...
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What could be added to tap water to reduce air bubble formation on a submerged object?

Submerge your hand in a bucket of water. Some air bubbles appear immediately and others add to the surface of the hand over time. Is there anything that could be added to the water to reduce the ...
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Relative humidity of an air parcel with decreasing temperature

I'm a bit confused while doing relative humidity calculations. To make the case simple: let's say I have my room temperature at 25 degrees with a 50% relative humidity (RH). If I take an air parcel ...
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Is the density of air in the mountains higher at the equator?

I have heard that at e.g. 5000 m altitude, the subjective feeling is better in the Himalayas than e.g. Tien Shan, because Himalayas are located near the equator, and due to Earth's rotation "air is ...
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What is the refractive index of air at high temperatures (> 200 °C)

Is there a method/formula to calculate the refractive index of air at high temperature (e.g. 400 °C - 800 °C)? I could only find formulas specified up to 100 °C and our physicist at university ...
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Breathing Air Underwater From A Car Tyre

I've seen in many movies and programs the event where a car plummets off the road and in to a body of water, sinking rapidly. The car slowly fills with water as it sinks and the occupant(s) don't ...
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Help with vacuums?

Okay, here is my understanding. Please correct me if anything here is incorrect. Suppose I have a cube with a side length of ten inches. It has a surface area of 600 square inches, and at an ...
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Can you clean the air in a small room using a vacuum cleaner?

You can use a vacuum cleaner to vacuum the floor but if you tried to vacuum the the air in a small room would this work or will the laws of physics stop this from working in any way? In what way would ...
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Soda bubbles in free fall in air

The question of soda bubbles in free fall has come up and again, and the consensus (backed by many fun space borne experiments) is that soda bubbles do not "rise" in a free fall environment because ...
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Beryllium Vacuum Sphere Boat/Aircraft

Is it possible to make a solid rigid evacuated "balloon" out of Beryllium or other elements or alloys? The critical buckling pressure at which an evacuated sphere is given as $$ ...
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Small object in air

What happens with very small spherical objects ($d=1\mu m$, e.g. a bacterium) in air? Do they fall? How quickly? Does it depend on their mass? We often see objects of little mass e.g. leaves falling ...
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Techniques to cool gas to -100 celsius degrees

I am planning to design a scrubber system to separate CO2 and some other gases from a gas mixture. For this purpose, I thought to cool the gas below CO2's boiling point which is -57 Celsius. There are ...
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What will happen to a compressible fluid filled inside a sealed container when the container begins to accelerate?

Assume the fluid to be air and the container to be a car, will there be a pressure gradient which will result the fluid to stack at one end of the car or there is something else that I'm missing?
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Which laws of physics apply when creating a soap blaster with pressurized air?

I want to create a soap blaster using: a 1" hose with 8 bar compressed air a non pressured container of soap and water mix without the use a pressurized tank I.e. something like this sand blaster: ...
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Where to find information about rocket launches (speed, height, trajectory)?

I want to find experimental data from real launches, with some description of a rocket like full mass, fuel mass, thrust and so on. Just trying to model it. Where to read about precise methods of ...
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Density and statistical models for visible air dust

If a laser beam is looked at from the side versus a dark background, a sparkling effect can be seen caused by dust particles in the air hit by the beam. Is there any simple model or coarse ...
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High and low pressure area and raining

In the high-pressure area it is mostly likely that there is sun. In low pressure area it is mostly likely that rain will occur. Because of the law that ...
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Air simulation environment [closed]

I will preface this with the fact that I am not a physicist...I am an engineer by trade. I am working on a research problem that will involve flight of an organism with varying shapes, and I am ...
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How much friction is caused by a 10x10 cm window on the side of an airplane?

Say that the airplane is going in 1000 km/h. On the side of the airplane, there is a 10x10 cm window. How much friction would this window cause. For the sake of the calculation, imagine that the ...
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Why did they used to make the mill chimneys so tall?

Why did they used to make the mill chimneys so tall? This question was asked in an Engineering Interview at Cambridge University.
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Lightest flying solid material [closed]

I need to use a number of lanterns, to write something with it! I would like to use a light material which will bind the lanterns together (separated by space) so it looks like dotted letter. I know ...