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Dublin’s Pitch-Drop Experiment

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Readers may recall the University of Queensland’s pitch-drop experiment, recognized as the longest continuously running experiment in the world. Back in 1927, a professor started the experiment with the goal of measuring the extremely high viscosity of pitch. Since then, only eight drops have fallen. Queensland’s is not the only version of this experiment, though; Trinity College Dublin has a similar set-up and have just caught a falling pitch drop on camera for the first time ever. Take a look in the video above. Queensland is expecting a drop to fall sometime this year as well. (Video credit: Trinity College Dublin Physics; via SciAm)

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