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The physics of human sperm vs. the physics of the sperm whale


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Traveling is extremely arduous for microscopic sperm -- think of a human trying to swim in a pool made of...other humans. We can compare the journey of a sperm to that of a sperm whale by calculating the Reynolds number, a prediction of how fluid will behave, often fluctuating due to size of the swimmer. Aatish Bhatia explores the great (albeit tiny) sperm’s journey.

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  • Educator Aatish Bhatia
  • Animator Brad Purnell
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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