Scientists have found that when a mantis shrimp strikes, its claw pulls water molecules away from one another, creating a pocket of low pressure in which the water vaporizes. The vapor forms an unstable bubble which quickly implodes, emitting enough force in the process to pummel unsuspecting prey.
Russian engineers used a technique called super-cavitation to propel the Shkval torpedo to a record-setting 230 mph (200 knots). As the nose of the torpedo deflects water, it creates a bubble of vapor which decreases the torpedo’s contact with the surrounding liquid, reducing friction and increasing speed.
Bubbles can be bits. Researchers made logic gates with bubbles that move through etched tubes and act like electrons in circuits. Because bubbles—unlike electrons—can also carry chemical payloads, a bubble computer could, in theory, ferry medications in addition to doing computations.
“In effect, bubbles are helping the ocean breathe,” says Helen Czerski of the University College London. She showed that, upon popping, bubbles within breaking waves release aerosols of salt and sulphur, seeding clouds. She has also shown that bubbles are integral to healthy gas exchange in oceans.
Source: popsci.com By Flora Lichtman