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No need to put a spin on this science: the physics of slowly spinning soccer ball flight. - Seriously, Science? | DiscoverMagazine.com

This paper is pretty awesome. The authors take a commonly observed yet mysterious phenomenon and break it down with some hard-core physics. Turns out that the slow spin seen when a soccer ball flies through the air doesn't depend on how the ball is kicked, because the authors observe the same behavior when the ball is shot out of a machine, or even when dropped straight down.

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