Why Cereal Clumps Together and Sticks to the Edges

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There is a lot of science in the bowl of humble cereal. Our cereal bowl even connects to the lives of tiny insects that walk on water.

Did you ever notice how cereal clumps up in your bowl, or how cereal sticks to the edges of the bowl? Bubbles in drinks do the same thing. Maybe you have seen this surface tension and buoyancy at work, but did you know there’s some interesting science behind it?

 

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