Researchers At Stanford Have Solved The Mystery Of The Mesmerizing "Dancing Droplets"

Apr 10, 2015
Nate Cira was an undergraduate student prepping a slide (for an unrelated experiment) when he first noticed that the colored droplets he had just put on it were moving around on their own.

He studied it himself for two years. Then, as a graduate student at Stanford, he shared his curiosity with Manu Prakash, an assistant professor of bioengineering. After enlisting Adrien Benusiglio, a scholar in Prakash's lab, the trio spent another three years studying the phenomenon until they finally cracked the code.

The team's discovery isn't just cool, it has practical applications in the field of semiconductor manufacturing. Prakash, however, is just happy that it was the result of a simple desire to satisfy scientific curiosity.
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