SCIENCE, bitches!

Always fun to learn something new, even if it doesn’t really relate to anything in particular.  The “light bulb moment” is still a joy.  Had such a moment this morning, thought I’d share. 🙂

In the /r/astronomy thread of my latest solar image, /u/J-bird7 mentioned that the magnetic field lines around the sunspot resembled cell mitosis.  “Huh…ya know, sure enough, they do.  For that matter, cell mitosis and magnetic field lines DO frequently tend to look alike.  Wonder why…”

A bit of googling led me to a fairly recent /r/AskScience thread about this very topic!  And sure enough, there’s a reason!

As pointed out there, we tend generally to think of dipoles in the electromagnetic spectrum…but ANY system where material/particles are pushed away from point A and attracted to point B is, in fact, a dipole….an mitosis fits this definition wonderfully!

The resulting physics of “stuff is actively repelled from one spot and attracted to another” result in…you guessed it…”dipole field lines”.

Bam…cell mitosis does indeed look like a magnetic field…for reasons!

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