Scientists use a “robo-cowboy” to explain the physics behind lassos.

There’s a special kind of awesome that happens when scientists use their powers to dissect fun things, be it a game, or, in this case, a rope trick. Here, physicists used mathematical modeling to attempt to understand how cowboys manage to do those dazzling tricks with their lassos. It turns out that even a “flat loop”, the simplest of rope tricks, is difficult to understand. But, after pages of math, and with the help of a “robo-cowboy,” they were able to develop a physical model that expla

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