The Amazing Physics of the Water Bouncy Ball

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March 10 2014 1:29 PM

The Amazing Physics of the Water Bouncy Ball

The “Waboba” caught the attention of the Navy.

A Brigham Young University physicist set up high-speed cameras to find out how the Waboba skips so readily across the water. He and his colleagues found that the key lies in the ball's elasticity.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.