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How to Grow Straight Icicles

New research suggests that icicles grow straighter when exposed to moving air while exposure to still air can cause icicles to sprout at their tips. To grow icicles, the researchers built a refrigerated box that dripped water from the top while the growing icicle rotated. Understanding ice growth is important for flight aerodynamics and icing on airplane wings. For videos and more on icicle growth, see the article at Wired Science. #

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