More Gas, Less Drag

Originally posted on Agritate, which is no longer active.

I don’t usually get superexcited about physics. There are plenty of topics in the more cranial sciences that make my eyes spin around in their sockets. But when you drop superheated metal spheres into vats of liquid and race them, anyone can get stoked about the topic—especially when you can correlate the balls’ movement with that of stealthy submarines or speedster race cars.

Last month, I had the chance to interview Ivan Vakarelski of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology about his team’s well-featured research that had been published in Physical Review Letters.

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