The Yarning Droplet

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Marangoni bursting takes place in alcohol-water droplets; as the alcohol evaporates, surface tension changes across the liquid surface, generating a flow that tears the original drop into smaller droplets. Here researchers add a twist to the experiment using PMMA, an additive that dissolves well in alcohol but poorly in water. As the alcohol evaporates, the PMMA precipitates back out of the water-rich droplet, forming yarn-like strands. (Image and video credit: C. Seyfert and A. Marin)

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