(Monica Akhtar/The Washington Post)
Health and Science
Lasers and baby powder: How one scientist predicts the 'terrifying' effects of volcanoes
Smithsonian geologist Ben Andrews is recreating volcanic eruptions using baby powder in an effort to learn more about one of volcanoes' main hazards: pyroclastic flows.
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