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December 10, 2017

Dice become ordered when stirred, not shaken

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Welcome to physics, Mr. Bond.

But I digress.

Photo caption: Sufficiently vigorous twisting of a cylinder containing 25,000 randomly-oriented dice (left) leads to a nearly perfectly ordered arrangement (right). The more conventional technique of tapping the system takes a long time and requires a carefully-controlled "annealing" procedure.

The research was published December 1, 2017 in Physical Review Letters.

[via physics.aps.org]

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Advantages of a Residence Telephone

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