November 18, 2012

Exploding Bubbles Create Violent Liquid Sculptures, the New Scientist tells me. I could watch this all day. Here’s the explanation of what the scientists responsible were up to:

To create this slow-mo movie, they filled a fish tank with a viscous sugary syrup and then injected the surface with air to create bubbles measuring a few centimetres in diameter - large by bubble standards. Right after a bubble of this size takes shape, a jet can form inside it. If the air is flowing fast enough, it can act like a needle popping the bubble from within, causing violent jets of liquid to shoot out far above the surface.

[Story via Roger Highfield]

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