Bubbles are everywhere. You just need to know where to look. There’s the obvious place — the soap bubbles in your bath. There are also bubbles in your body. They’re responsible for your cracking knuckles. The gems in a ring might have bubbles, called inclusions. Going farther out, humpback whales use bubbles to hunt. And scientists figured out a way to heal wounds with bubbles.
But the best bubbles, at least on a sunny summer day, are probably the bubbles you blow in your own backyard. Scientists have found these bubbles to be alluring, too. They’ve figured out the best way to blow perfect bubbles, and the secret recipe for making huge ones. They’ve also listened in on bubble bursts to figure out the physics that underlie the gentle “pfttt” that accompanies a bubble’s demise.
Want to know more? We’ve got some stories to get you started:
Scientists find the secret to colossal bubbles: This ingredient helps big bubbles stay stretchy and resist popping (10/9/2019) Readability: 7.2
Soap bubbles’ ‘pop’ reveals the physics of the bursts: Eavesdropping on bursting bubbles reveals the shifting forces that generate the sound (4/1/2020) Readability: 6.3
Blowing bubbles for science: For perfect bubbles, air speed is more important than the thickness of a soap film (3/11/2016) Readability: 7