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University of Chicago

Smashing into Cornstarch and Water

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Caption: This seven-second video shows a narrow aluminum rod striking the surface of a cornstarch and water mixture at a speed of one meter (3.2 feet) per second. Recorded at 10,000 frames per second with a high-speed camera, the video shows that the rod creates a bowl-like depression around the impact site but fails to penetrate the surface of the fluidic mixture.

Credit: Scott Waitukaitis/University of Chicago

Usage Restrictions: News organizations may use this video in connection with reports about the research of Heinrich Jaeger and Scott Waitukaitis.

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