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Investigating Blood Back Spatter

The popularity of forensics and crime scene investigation fueled by a glut of television programs has familiarized many of us with the basics of forensic medicine. However, not much is, in fact, understood about blood back spatter. A team of...
16-Nov-2016 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Molasses Creates a Sticky Situation

Fluid dynamics met history for a team of researchers who studied the Boston Molasses Flood, a disaster that claimed 21 lives, injured 150 and flattened buildings in the Commercial Street area of Boston in 1919. During the 69th APS Division of Fluid...
16-Nov-2016 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Sparkling Firework Droplets

In Japan, many adults hold fond childhood memories of fireworks as a symbol of the summer season. Senko-hanabi, which translates to “sparkling fireworks,” emit a small fireball with streaks of light akin to pine needle structures. As one of the...
16-Nov-2016 3:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Understanding the Mechanics of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a topic that creates discussion and at times even controversy. However, some basic questions about its biology still remain. For instance, does successful infant feeding depend on the mechanics of the breast and, conversely, does...
17-Nov-2016 7:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Paddle or Rake to Improve Your Swimming Stroke?


Note to elite swimmers: Are you looking for a competitive edge in the hydrodynamics of your front crawl?
17-Nov-2016 8:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Cat Tongues Are Even 'Handier' Than You Imagined

Have you ever taken a good look at a cat’s tongue? If so, you may have noticed the tiny, sharp “spines” on its surface.
17-Nov-2016 9:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Archimedes' Law of Buoyancy Turned Upside Down


A team at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, exploring how air bubbles rise within a complex fluid, like those found while processing wet concrete, wondered if they could actually get them to sink instead by shaking the mixture in the...
17-Nov-2016 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Instrumented Drone Measurements Help Wind Farmers Site Turbines to Achieve Greater Efficiency


Wind energy is a key part of the global energy future, expanding rapidly throughout the world in onshore and offshore settings. But to be sustainable, large scale, multi-megawatt (multi-MW) wind farming’s economic efficiencies need to be maximized...
18-Nov-2016 7:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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The Spin Racket: Ping-Pong Champs Are Intuitive Masters of Fluid Dynamics

Curve balls may help a pitcher strike out batters in baseball; and some nasty spin can make an opponent sweat to return a tennis serve. But more so than in any other ball game, in table tennis – where the ball is so light and so small –dedicated...
8-Aug-2012 10:00 AM EDT

Experts Available: Fluid Dynamics and Ship Experts Discuss the Science of the Costa Concordia

When the cruise liner Costa Concordia drew too close to shore near the Italian island of Giglio, a large rocky outcrop quickly sliced through the ship’s hull. While many questions about the dynamics at play during that disaster remain unanswered,...
27-Feb-2012 8:00 AM EST

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