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Breaking Spaghetti

This spaghetti broke in three points into four pieces after being bent. Note the three breaks occurred almost instantaneously, around time 0, as labeled on the bottom left. Also note that the two small pieces rotate in the same direction and exhibit oscillatory motion. The scene was lit from above and the shadows allow us to evaluate the height of the pieces above the white surface. The movie was filmed using a ultra-high speed camera at 85,000 frames per second.

Mantis vs. fruit fly

A young mantis came to visit our lab. This video contains three movies of this mantis taken at 2000/4000 frames per second. The third movie was taken under combined visible and IR lighting. 

Mosquito take off

This movie shows A male Aedes aegypti mosquito starts to fly after standing on a vertical transparent wall. The flight was filmed in 20,000 frames per second and is played at 30 frames per second. After detachment from the wall, the mosquito performs a right yaw turn, then pitches slightly down (nose down) to start flying forward.

Mosquito larva in slow motion

A larva of an Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger) mosquito swimming and emerging towards the water surface to breathe.

Plume moth flying in slow motion

This video shows a plume moth (family: Pterophoridae) that was filmed simultaneously by three fast cameras at 20,000 frames per second. Movies are slowed down by 1,000.

A cymbal in slow motion

A cymbal of the Cornell Yamatai drumming group shown in slow motion. The movie was filmed in 3000 frames per second at the Cohen Group, Cornell University.

Japanese drum in slow motion

One of the Cornell Yamatai's drums shown in slow motion. The Yamatai logo on the drum skin is made of black rice grains. The movie was filmed in 3000 frames per second and slowed down by x200. It was taken at the Cohen Group, Cornell University. 

A violin

A violin filmed at 4000 frames per second using a high-speed camera.

Note that while only the upper string was played, its motion excited vibrations in the adjacent string as well.

The violin was played by Dr. Katherine Selby at Cornell University.

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