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Building the Perfect Sandcastle

Finally a sandcastle that will remaining standing when the tide comes in.

Have you ever wondered what forces cause your perfectly sculpted turret to collapse suddenly?  Or have you tried to find that optimum balance between sand, water, and compaction in order to get your sandcastle to stand tall and strong?  If so, science has now defined various parameters to help you in your quest: “How to construct the perfect sandcastle“.  My favorite part is that they built an underwater sandcastle using hydrophobic sand- rather than water acting as bridge between individual granules, air acts as the bridge. (See above picture).  Now maybe I can finally convince my PI that a beach trip is a critical part of my thesis research…

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