Breaking Bubbles

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What do a nineteenth-century war ship, a sardine-hunting shark, and a viral bottle trick have in common? Cavitation! The phenomenon of cavitation occurs when a fluid is accelerated such that its local pressure drops below the vapor pressure. As a result, bubbles form and then violently collapse, creating shock waves that can damage nearby surfaces or stun prey. Dianna explains — and reveals some cool historical context that was new to me! — in the video above. (Image and video credit: Physics Girl)

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