Mermaid Cereal

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In the Cheerios effect, floating objects can fall into one another due to capillary attraction — just like Cheerios link up in a cereal bowl. Here researchers play with that effect by adding repulsive magnets to their “cereal” pieces. They find that their so-called mermaid cereal falls into preferential spacing, with pieces pairing up but never touching. Adding lots of these pieces in a confined space creates interesting crystalline and striped patterns, as seen later in the video. (Video credit: A. Hooshanginejad et al.)

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