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Physicist Hamid Kellay Researches Storm Vortexes Using Soap Bubbles

 - Jan 30, 2014
References: newscientist & fastcodesign
Bubbles have been getting quite the attention these days, but University of Bordeaux physicist Hamid Kellay brings them into the public eye in order to explore the formation of storm vortexes. Instead of focusing on their beauty in the cold, Hamid Kellay explores the use of their soapy surfaces to mimic complex storm systems.

By heating the soap bubbles from underneath and then varying the temperature while rotating them, Hamid Kellay and his colleagues study "how these spinning, storm-like structures develop under different conditions using a camera that shoots up to 500 frames per second," as explained on New Scientist. Mathematician Patrick Fischer states, "If we had a better understanding of how the vortices are created, how they move and how they die, we would be able to provide better predictions for cyclone alerts."