Bubbles

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Introduction1

Dictionary

soap bubble : a hollow iridescent globe formed by blowing a film of soapsuds (as from a pipe) — Webster

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Thesaurus

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Encyclopedia

Soap bubble is an extremely thin film of soapy water enclosing air that forms a hollow sphere with an iridescent surface. Soap bubbles usually last for only a few seconds before bursting, either on their own or on contact with another object. They are often used for children’s enjoyment, but they are also used in artistic performances. Assembling several bubbles results in foam. When light shines onto a bubble it appears to change color. Unlike those seen in a rainbow, which arise from differential refraction, the colors seen in a soap bubble arise from interference of light reflecting off the front and back surfaces of the thin soap film. Depending on the thickness of the film, different colors interfere constructively and destructively. — Wikipedia

Portal

Soap Bubble Wiki
Bubblemancy

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Science

Physicists determine the optimal soap recipe for blowing gigantic bubbles (Jennifer Ouellette)
Physics of Giant Soap Bubbles (Emory University)
How to make a giant bubble (Stephen Frazier, Xinyi Jiang, and Justin C. Burton, Physical Review Fluids)

Technology

Preservation

History

A small history of soap bubbles (PUSTEFIX)

Museum

Bubbles (National Toy Hall of Fame, The Strong National Museum of Play)
Bubbles (Ron Hipschman, Exploratorium)

Library

WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

Participation

Education

Course

The Science of Soap Bubbles (MIT BLOSSOMS)

OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

News

Soap Bubble (Science Daily), Phys.org

Book

ISBNdb

Government

Document

USA.gov

Expression

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Fun

Toy

Amazon Toys

Arts

Performing Arts

Bubbleoogy (Keith Johnson, YouTube Channel)

The Lord of the Bubbles: Top World Class Bubble Shows

Visual Arts

Richard Heeks flickr

Poem

OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories Phys.org internet news portal provides the latest news on science including: Physics, Nanotechnology, Life Sciences, Space Science, Earth Science, Environment, Health and Medicine.

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    on February 10, 2022 at 12:52 pm

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  • Mini-jet found near Milky Way's supermassive...
    on December 9, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Our Milky Way's central black hole has a leak. This supermassive black hole looks like it still has the vestiges of a blowtorch-like jet dating back several thousand years. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope hasn't photographed the phantom jet but has helped find circumstantial evidence that it is still pushing feebly into a huge hydrogen cloud and then splattering, like the narrow stream from a hose aimed into a pile of sand.

  • Never-before-seen electron behavior could help...
    on December 3, 2021 at 12:37 pm

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  • A brief history of minimal surfaces and the ants...
    on November 17, 2021 at 11:35 am

    Consider a soap bubble. The way it contains the minimal possible surface area is surprisingly efficient. This is not a trivial issue. Mathematicians have been looking for better ways to calculate minimal surfaces for hundreds of years. Recently, Computer Science and Engineering Department Assistant Professor Albert Chern, and postdoctoral researcher Stephanie Wang, added a new page to this book with their paper: Computing Minimal Surfaces with Differential Forms, which was recently published by […]

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