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A video produced by The Lutetium Project, an outreach YouTube channel co-founded by Mathias Kasiulis, a PhD student at LPTMC, just won the 2017 edition of the Milton Van Dyke Award. This prize is awarded every year by the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society (APSDFD) during its annual meeting, to reward pictures and videos of current research in fluid dynamics.

The video itself displays an experiment that was carried out in the PMMH laboratory, at ESPCI, and was published in Physical Review Letters in early 2017. It shows a drop of a mixture of water and alcohol bursting into a myriad of smaller droplets when it is deposited onto a bath of sunflower oil. This bursting is a rather uncommon example of a hydrodynamical phenomenon caused by the interplay between evaporation and surface tension. The video itself is part of a larger collection called "Experiments in Music", a series of videos by The Lutetium Project that aims at showing the aesthetic value of research experiments, accompanying it with an original music composed by Julien Mazet, a student at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de la Ville de Paris. 

You can find all the other videos by The Lutetium Project on their YouTube channel: