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Mar 1, 2020

Unraveling turbulence: New insights into how fluids transform from order to disorder

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Turbulence is everywhere—it rattles our planes and makes tiny whirlpools in our bathtubs—but it is one of the least understood phenomena in classical physics.

Turbulence occurs when an ordered fluid flow breaks into small vortices, which interact with each other and break into even smaller vortices, which interact with each other and so-on, becoming the chaotic maelstrom of disorder that makes white water rafting so much fun.

But the mechanics of that descent into chaos have puzzled scientists for centuries.

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