Focusing on making beer more interesting may not be the most important thing in the world in key areas of scientific research,media BGR reported. Of course, that hasn’t stopped scientists at the University of Manchester from delving into beer bubbles, and a new paper shows that we are closer than ever to enjoying the perfect, long-lasting beer foam.
The new study, published in Chemical Communications, focuses on the stability of beer foam and the factors that cause tiny bubbles to burst or last. It may sound like a lighthearted topic, but it means far more than a delicious beer.
In the team’s experiment, the researchers bombarded the foamy liquid with neutrons to reveal the secrets about the structure of tiny bubbles. “Just as when we see light reflecting from a shiny object and our brain helps us recognize it from its appearance, neutrons are reflected, and we can use computers to reveal critical information about its surface. Dr. Richard Campbell, who led the study, said in a statement. “The difference is that information is at the molecular level that we can’t see with the naked eye. “
This paper takes an in-depth look at how bubbles form and the factors that determine the duration of bubbles, such as the surface tension and elasticity of bubbles. For beer lovers, this promises to bring them closer to the “perfect” beer bubble, which can theoretically last until the last bite.
Of course, learning more about the effects of bubble stability on the real world will also have a greater impact. Firefighters often use foam to put out raging fires, and as Science Daily points out, oil-absorbing foams are very effective in man-made disasters. Longer-lasting bubbles are a boon for all of us.