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Fluid dynamics

A turbulent matter

A long-standing controversy about whether the motions within a typical astrophysical disk of gas are stable or unstable has resurfaced. The answer has profound significance for our understanding of how stars and planets form.

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Balbus, S. A turbulent matter. Nature 470, 475–476 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1038/470475a

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