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Bullet-Time Inferno

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Remember the bullet time effect from The Matrix? This spectacular video gives you a similar effect with the turbulent flames created by firebreathers. To capture this level of detail, Mitch Martinez uses an array of 50 cameras placed around the performers, allowing him to reconstruct the full, three-dimensional representation of the flames. Similarly, some scientists use arrays of high-speed video cameras to collect 3D, time-resolved data about phenomena like combustion. Because these flows are so complex in terms of their fluid dynamics and chemistry, capturing full 3D data is important to help understand and model the flow better. (Video credit: M. Martinez; via Rakesh R.)

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