Science Friday: Why a boomerang always comes back

Learn about torque and angular momentum in an entertaining video

If you ever wondered how or why a boomerang always comes back when you throw it (correctly, at least), popular science YouTuber Veritasium has the answer.

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Like most things in life, it's all about lift, relative velocity and gyroscopic precession.

His next video should be "how to catch a boomerang without getting your hand cut off."

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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