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Why These Scientists are Smashing Vortexes Head-On





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Published on Apr 27, 2020

How do vortexes lead to turbulence? Scientists at Harvard decided to use a high-speed camera, colorful dye, and vortex cannons to find out.
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Turbulence is one of the least understood phenomena in physics—scientists don't have a mechanistic framework to describe how vortexes drive cascades of energy that lead to turbulence.

But turbulence is all around us. You’ve likely felt it on airplanes or seen it form whirlpools in sinks, so to try and develop a framework scientists at Harvard busted out a high speed camera, some colorful dye, and, wait for it, vortex cannons

The researchers observed three generations of an orderly cascading cycle before everything broke down into turbulence and they think this could point to a universal mechanism of how energy cascades down until it dissipates, regardless of scale.

Find out what this turbulence work could mean for the future of weather prediction, mapping oceans, and more in this Elements.

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