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    The Power of the Waves

    Understanding how oceans move is key to understanding life on Earth

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    Why Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Refuses to Die

    If you want to investigate what could attack the Red Spot and make it disappear, you not only have to worry about what’s attacking the kinetic energy, like friction; you also have to worry about something that turns out to be more important—what’s attacking the potential energy. There’s a well-known reason why the potential energy […]

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    The Beautiful Unpredictability of Coffee, Clouds, and Fire

    The International Space Station captured this photo of the Sarychev Volcano erupting on June 12, 2009. Volcanic plumes contain turbulence that extends to a wide range of size scales. NASA “Ladies and gentlemen, the captain has turned on the seat belt sign. Please return to your seats and ensure your seat belts are fastened.” So […]

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    To Predict Turbulence, Just Count the Puffs

    These tiny swirls of fluid live, die, reproduce, and spark turbulence.