Bad News: Scientists Have Measured 16-Foot Waves In The Arctic Ocean

For the first time, waves as tall as 16 feet have been recorded in Arctic waters. If these waves are speeding the breakup of the region's remaining ice, as oceanographers suspect, they could signal the birth of a feedback mechanism that will hasten the Arctic's march toward an ice-free summer. » 7/30/14 1:30pm 7/30/14 1:30pm

A Lego Pirate Is Sacrificed To A Colossal Wave In The Name of Science

Rogue waves are a little-understood phenomenon of ocean dynamics. The colossal swells, which seem to appear out of nowhere in otherwise calm seas, were reported for centuries before their existence was confirmed in 1995. To better understand them, scientists have recently taken to modeling the strange swells with… » 7/23/14 6:00pm 7/23/14 6:00pm

Liquid Sculptures Highlight the Beauty in Fluid Dynamics

Fluid dynamics is beautiful and complex, with no single, simple equation to govern its dynamic behaviour. The mathematics is monstrous, with scaling factors, coefficients, and exponents customized to each fluid to reflect the quirks of its behaviours. Yet in practice, a single splash is simple beauty. » 6/28/14 12:56pm 6/28/14 12:56pm