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Shear-Thinning at Home

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Shear-thinning isn’t just confined to canned whipped cream. It’s also a feature of such non-Newtonian fluids as ketchup, shampoo, latex paint, and blood. The NASA research on shear-thinning the video author refers to is here and comes from the Critical Viscosity of Xenon-2 (CVX-2) experiment flown on the final mission of Columbia. Surprisingly, almost all of the experimental data was recovered from the crash. #

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