Friday, November 18, 2005

Cornstarch, water and an acceleration ramp

Wow, this is fascinating. Apparently, shaking a cornstarch and water solution at various frequencies produces some amazing results and reveals principles of a liquid that don't seem physically possible. This confirms for me the idea that we really don't know all that much about how things, in general, work. If merely applying simple forces to a liquid causes such bizarre behavior, what else in the universe may be explained by some simple principle or application that just hasn't occurred to us? And what might we be able to accomplish or reveal by just being curious and creative as opposed to only pursuing rigorous high-level scientific research?

This story courtesy of Soni Pitts and her blog. She's also a Scalzi Whatever fan and that's how I found her blog.

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