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The White Hole in Your Sink

Ever notice the distinctive ring that forms in your kitchen sink when you turn the water on? This phenomenon is known as a hydraulic jump; it occurs when a fast moving fluid (the water just discharged from the faucet) runs into a slow moving fluid (the water that’s been sitting in the sink) and transfers some of its kinetic energy into potential energy by increasing its elevation. Researchers have recently shown that this everyday occurrence is actually a physical analog to a white hole, the cosmological inverse of a black hole. (In theory, a white hole cannot be entered, but light and matter can escape it.) Check out Wired’s article for an explanation of the clever experiment that showed the equivalence of the two. #

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