Fluid Fracture

credit Baudouin Saintyves (CEA-Saclay)
Pressing liquids as flat as possible yields unique designs. 

Scientists have found that air bubbles cause different types of instability when liquids are pressed between two plates. Certain types of liquids lead to complex patterns that eventually fracture.  

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Gray arrow  From fingering to fracture in a complex fluid

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