Colorful Drainage

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Bright colors mark this slowly draining soap film. The film sits slightly off-horizontal, so flow shifts over time from the top of the frame to the bottom. The fluid is also evaporating. All the faster shifts are caused by ambient air currents from the room. The colors of the film are directly related to the local thickness; as the film thins and evaporates, the bright colors shift to darker ones. Eventually, that black region at the top will expand and the film will break up. (Video credit: B. Sandnes/Complex Flow Lab)

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