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What on Earth is spin? - Brian Jones

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Why does the Earth spin? Does a basketball falling from a spinning merry-go-round fall in a curve, as it appears to, or in a straight line? How can speed be manipulated while spinning? In short, why is the spinning motion so special? Brian Jones details the dizzyingly wide array of ways that spinning affects our lives.

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  • Educator Brian Jones
  • Director Darcy Vorhees
  • Animator Marissa Hutchins, Sarah Johnson, Tom Beuerlein
  • Narrator Brian Jones

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