It’s a common pub prank to tap the top of a friend’s beer, to make it suddenly erupt in froth. Funny to some people, annoying to others; but to Spanish physicist Javier Rodríguez-Rodríguez, intriguing. Rodríguez-Rodríguez, from the University Carlos III of Madrid, decided to investigate the strange phenomenon, and in the process has discovered a … Continue reading The Physics of Beer
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Original published in Cosmos Magazine, 6 November 2018. This has attracted media attention - check my Phil Up On Science Live page for radio interview times. Opening a bottle of champagne not only signifies the start of a celebration, but also uncorks a swathe of sophisticated physics phenomena that contribute to the special appeal of … Continue reading Bubbles! The Physics of Champagne
https://youtu.be/c-r8LKosap4 A surprise find of blue wine in the washing up opened up a world of chemistry in the kitchen. Turns out red wine and purple cabbage show amazing colours as you change their acidity. They are acid-base indicators, due to chemicals called anthocyanins.