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solving the riddle of the snow globe

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solving the riddle of the snow globe

if you've shaken a snow globe, you've enjoyed watching its tiny particles slowly sink to the bottom. but do all small objects drift the same way and at the same pace?a new tel aviv university study finds the sedimentation of asymmetric objects in liquid is very different from that of symmetrical objects like spheres. the research solves a long-standing puzzle concerning the cause and the extent of "storminess" in sedimentation, and may be useful in improving water treatment and industrial processes that rely on suspensions, which are liquids that contain small solid particles. the research may also have use in the study of geological deposits, because variations in the concentration of p...