Growing up, blowing bubbles was an endlessly frustrating exercise in futility. I’d almost pop a lung trying to get the bubble solution to form my lighter-than-air creation. But artist Nicholas Hanna makes the whole thing look easy with Bubble Device #2 currently on display at the Taipei Fine Art Museum.
Blowing bubbles is fun in the summer, but it gets really interesting when the mercury plummets in winter. When the temperature gets cold enough, bubbles will freeze faster than they can pop. You can watch freezing bubbles in action in a new video from Warsaw-based photographer Pablo Zaluska.
Winter is coming, bringing with it inevitable flight delays as ground crews scramble to de-ice all those airplane wings before takeoff on cold wintry days. Wouldn’t it be awesome if all that moisture never had a chance to freeze, and instead just bounced right off the surface?
The existence of bubbles is the world telling people that life is silly and fun is worth having and moments, no matter how short they may be, are worth remembering (until they pop and the sadness settles in). I never knew the existence of bubbles also encouraged us to trip the hell out too. Because when you look…
There’s something really peaceful about seeing this video of a bubble freezing in the still of winter. The shapes it makes, how the freeze slowly spreads all over and finally connects, how it turns opaque, it’s a very calm yet wonderful phenomenon.
The act of boiling water helps us brew coffee and cook pasta—and it’s also what fuels most of the world’s energy sources. But boiling is really all about the bubbles, and until now their formation had been seen as random and haphazard. MIT engineers say they can now control the formation of bubbles, which might change…
You can’t truly call it a lazy summer afternoon if you’re doing anything more than just sitting in a lawn chair soaking up the sun. So someone on Thingiverse has designed a 3D-printed bubble blower that can churn out almost 14,000 of them every minute.
The perfect warm weather drink is an elusive unicorn. Light and tasty? Refreshing and boozy? It’s hard to achieve all of these things in a single glass. Luckily, I have the answer. It’s time to give your summer cocktails a makeover with the zany fruit-essence flavors of LaCroix sparkling water.
Watch a bubble annihilate itself by stabbing itself, splitting in two, and then dissolving into two tiny clouds of bubbles. It’s quick, it’s beautiful, and, with the accompanying explanation, it’s weirdly intuitive.
This dude figured it out. While the rest of us foolish adults stopped playing with bubbles after the 4th grade, Su Chung Tai kept on going and became awesome at it. So awesome that he holds Guinness World Records for bubble blowing and can pull of tricks that probably involve sorcery and a heavy control over the…
Bubbles are micro-thin orbs of liquid suspended around gas. That's nuts. And yet they're never more than a squirt of dish soap away. These 12 photos from this week's Shooting Challenge are a small reminder that the little things around us are pretty amazing.
You left a few awesome habits behind when you grew up: Wearing dinosaur costumes, attending sleepovers, and maybe most importantly, blowing bubbles. So for this week's Shooting Challenge, photograph bubbles.
If you don't know how they're made, Jiří Georg Dokoupil's paintings might look like microscope photos of phosphorescent deep-sea hydrozoa, or maybe computer-generated cartoon characters. Turns out, they're actually the permanent evidence something way simpler: bubbles.
Joining the esteemed ranks of such cultural icons as "stick" and "cardboard box," three new beloved toys have taken their place in the National Toy Hall of Fame. Say hello to your new champions: Rubik's Cube, little green army man, and... bubbles.
These swirling vortices look an awful lot like the satellite weather images we see every day, but in fact they're the beautifully intricate surface of a soap bubble—which could help researchers understand the storms that threaten millions of lives every year.
Pouring beer at home can be hit and miss: too much foam, not enough, and never ever the same as in a bar, that's for sure. But help is at hand, in the form of beer science.
I guess this makes sense when you think about it, but I never thought about it. Soap bubbles don't stand a chance when it's -4 degrees out, as YouTube's NightHawkInLight elegantly shows us.
There are few better sentences than one that includes the words "giant", "bubbles", "exploding" and "slow motion". Well, there's one thing better: a video that fits that sentence.
Though we can never be in awe of bubbles like we once were, we can still have fun with them. Lots of fun! And the easiest way to have more fun with bubbles is to go bigger and add in slow motion to capture the exploding bubbles. When you see these giant bubbles get popped in the park, they disappear instantaneously.…
Childhood summers are all about blowing iridescent soap bubbles out of plastic wands. It seems like a short-lived activity, but somehow it provides endless fascination. Involving an Arduino and some stepper motors might seem like overkill, but these parabolic bubbles are pretty mesmerizing.