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2008-12-12 10:03:33

Researchers at MIT recently found an elegant solution to a sticky scientific problem in basic fluid mechanics: why water doesn't soak into soil at an even rate, but instead forms what look like fingers of fluid flowing downward.Scientists call these rivulets "gravity fingers," and the explanation for their formation has to do with the surface tension where the water"”or any liquid"”meets the soil (or other medium). Knowing how to account for this phenomenon mathematically will...


Word of the Day
fleuron
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]