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Today's Video

A new periodic table classifies droplet motions

A team of scientists has created a periodic table of droplet motions, inspired in part by parallels between the symmetries of atomic orbitals, which determine elements' positions on the classic periodic table, and the energies that determine droplet shapes. A potential application for this periodic table, which could help researchers understand where a droplet comes from, could include crime-scene forensics. Analysts could apply the table's classifications to blood and the applicable surface to identify the energies involved, and then better infer what might have caused certain spatter patterns.

Provided by Cornell University
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