How to draw a crowd: Mucus

A press release issued by the American Physical Society demonstrates how to attract a crowd. We have underlined the msot effective passages:

The 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society’s (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD) takes place this month from November 21-23, 2010 at the Long Beach Convention Center, located in downtown Long Beach, California….


In humans, mucus is the thick fluid that coats the airways in order to catch pathogens that would otherwise enter the lungs (and thence the bloodstream) when air is breathed in. For mucus to work, though, it must travel to the mouth, where it is spit out or swallowed. Researchers at the University of North Carolina, a group including Roberto Camassa, Michael Jenkinson, Shreyas Tikare, Jeffrey Olander, and Reed Ogrosky, study the way in which the body gets rid of mucus. In healthy lungs, mucus is urged along by tiny cilia that line the airways….