Everyone loves soap bubbles, and bubble artist Melody Yang reveals how to make some pretty awesome ones in this video for Wired. The surface tension of bubbles makes them naturally seek a shape that minimizes their surface area relative to the volume they contain. For a single bubble, that’s a sphere. But once you start joining multiple bubbles, as Yang demonstrates, that minimal surface area can change, even to something unexpected like a cube.
Bubbles also have an impressive ability to self-heal. As long as whatever passes through them is wet – whether it’s a hand, a straw, or even a ball bearing – the soap film will probably heal itself rather than break. This is a key feature for many of Yang’s tricks, including the impressive planetary bubble. (Video credit: Wired; image credits: Wired/Colossal; via Colossal)