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The Brazil Nut Effect is More Complicated Than You Think

We’ve all experienced that moment of dismay: opening a fresh can of mixed nuts, only to find loathed Brazil nuts at the top of the heap, with the tasty cashews and trusty peanuts all the way down at the bottom. It’s called the Brazil Nut Effect. There’s well-known physics behind why this happens, but it’s a lot more complicated than you might think. Read more >>