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Part of Discover's new collection of the most psychedelic images in science, this fire plume was created by Paul DesJardin and his team at the University of Buffalo's Center for Computational Research. "The scientists wanted to model the 'instability dynamics' of a fire plume to gain insight into erratic heat transfers that have been observed in experiments with fire," according to Discover.

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Image: P.E. DesJardin.

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