Tibetan singing bowl
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How a Tibetan singing bowl is making waves in physics

Scientists have finally turned their attention to a musical instrument that has been around for millennia.

Tibetan singing bowls are used in various places in Asia, mainly for ceremonial purposes.

When filled with water, their singing creates a storm of tiny waves and water droplets which had remained unexplained until researchers in Belgium and the US took a closer look.

BBC Science reporter Jason Palmer explains what they discovered.

Footage courtesy Denis Terwagne/John Bush/Nonlinearity

  • 01 Jul 2011
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