The Secret to Blowing Massive Soap Bubbles

Everybody loves bubbles, regardless of age—the bigger the better. But to blow really big, world-record-scale bubbles requires a very precise bubble mixture. Physicists have determined that a key ingredient is mixing in polymers of varying strand lengths, according to a new paper in Physical Review Fluids. That produces a soap film able to stretch sufficiently…

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The Universal Law of Turbulence Isn’t So Unruly After All

Picture a calm river. Now picture a torrent of white water. What is the difference between the two? To mathematicians and physicists it’s this: The smooth river flows in one direction, while the torrent flows in many different directions at once.Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons…

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