Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Agggh! Molasses!

Improbable research links to a project on analying the Molasses flood.

A new scientific analysis aims to understand the fluid dynamics of the Boston Molasses Flood. The bursting of an enormous (about 2 million gallons) tank of molasses created one of the biggest disasters ever to hit that city. Although it happened almost a century ago — on January 15, 1919 — there’s been only a vague scientific understanding of how the molasses flowed. Estimates from that era said that a 30-foot-tall wall of molasses washed over Boston’s North End neighborhood at a speed of about 35 miles per hour.

Improbable research also has an article with a podcast discussing Nicole Sharp's investigation on how cats can be both liquids and solids.

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