Vortex gets tied in knots

Vortex gets tied in knots

Physicists use 3-D printing and tiny bubbles to capture twisted-up water

By Andrew Grant, 17:26 PM March 5, 2013

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Swirling rings of fluid have for the first time been tied in a knot. Physicists accomplished the feat with the help of some unlikely lab tools: YouTube videos of dolphins and a 3-D printer.

“It’s a remarkable experiment,” says Carlo Barenghi, a mathematician and physicist at Newcastle University in England. The creation of these knotted vortices in the lab, reported online March 3 in Nature Physics, could help scientists understand the flow of plasma on the sun and the flow o...

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