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Nature 386, 323 - 324 (27 March 1997); doi:10.1038/386323a0

From Cinderella's dilemma to rock slides

Jay Fineberg

Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Givat Ram 91904, Jerusalem, Israel.

A mixture of two different types of grain can undergo spontaneous stratification simply by being poured. This surprising behaviour may be significant in fields from pharmaceuticals to geology.

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