The Shaky Life of a Droplet

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An evaporating drop of ouzo goes through several stages due to the interactions of oil, alcohol and water. If you turn the situation around by placing a drop of (blue-dyed) water in a mixture of alcohol and anise oil (top image), you get some similarly odd behavior. The drop of water shimmies and grows as alcohol dissolves into it, carrying the occasional oil droplet with it. Eventually, the droplet grows large enough and buoyant enough that part of it detaches and floats to the surface (middle image). If you increase the alcohol ratio in the surrounding fluid, you speed up this process, causing droplets to stream up to the surface (bottom image). (Image and video credit: O. Enriquez et al., source)

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