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The snot-spattered experiments that show how far sneezes really spread

June 3, 2016

Mathematician Lydia Bourouiba uses high-speed video to break down the anatomy of sneezes and coughs — and to understand infectious disease.

So, how do you get your research subjects to sneeze on cue?

“That’s a question I get a lot,” says Lydia Bourouiba with an easy smile. The solution turns out to be surprisingly simple: just take a small, rod-shaped device, use it to tickle a subject’s nostril for a few seconds, and — achoo!

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Published by: Nature International weekly journal of science, 31/05/2016