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Mathematicians Tame Turbulence in Flattened Fluids


The atmospheres of giant planets such as Jupiter can be thought of as essentially two-dimensional structures.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/JunoCam

Turbulence, the splintering of smooth streams of fluid into chaotic vortices, doesn't just make for bumpy plane rides. It also throws a wrench into the very mathematics used to describe atmospheres, oceans and plumbing.

From Quanta Magazine
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