Wednesday, May 14, 2008

"A Sticky Problem Remains" (Nature, condom breakage)

(H/t John Nichol.)

Nature has a news item, which someone evidently enjoyed writing, called "A Side-Splitting Tale" about new simulations of why condoms break ("erupt" is the correct technical term), using "adjustable 'thrust-hole' diameter, thrust rate, and lubrication." Read the whole thing. The conclusion is somewhat dispiriting:
“Just about the only thing that humans aren't strong enough to break, that is also thin and flexible enough, is parachute nylon — but that's porous,” comments White.

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