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Cream in Coffee

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Pouring cream in coffee produces some of the most mesmerizing displays of fluid dynamics. The density difference between the two fluids sets up Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities that mushroom out and help create the turbulence that eventually mixes the drink. You can learn more about Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities in this FYFD video, and, if you need more awesome caffeine-filled examples of fluids, check out the coffee dynamics blog. (Video credit: S. Geraldine and L. Kang)

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