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Messy Experiment Cleans Up Physics Mystery of Cornstarch

July 12, 2012

News thumbnail of dropped bowling ball Most people buy cornstarch to make custard or gravy, but Scott Waitukaitis and Heinrich Jaeger have used it to solve a longstanding physics problem with a substance known to generations of Dr. Seuss readers as "Oobleck," and to scientists as a non-Newtonian liquid. This substance, a liquid that can instantaneously turn into a solid under the force of a sudden impact, behaves in surprising ways
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