Originally broadcast 3/30/04:

Jim Kirchherr visits the Soft Matter Laboratory at Washington University to observe the relationship between oil and water. In this branch of engineering, Professor Amy Shen studies gel-like fluids and her research has real-life applications that are used to create anything from automotive oil to shampoo. Different oils possess a wide range of viscosities, so how each mixes with water will have a variety of outcomes.

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