James Bird

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Researcher - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Graduate Student - Harvard University

Member, Division of Fluid Dynamics - American Physical Society


PhDHarvard University


National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow In the Department of Mathematics - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Postdoctoral Fellow In the Math Program - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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"For more than a decade, scientists have believed that when highly viscous bubbles popped, they would collapse under their own weight due to gravitational forces," explains James Bird, a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Mathematics at MIT.
Bird and colleagues will provide more details about their research at the American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD) annual meeting, Nov. 21-23, 2010, in Long Beach, Calif.

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Recently James Bird, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Math Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, uncovered another example taken from nature.
He studied bursting bubbles while working on his PhD at Harvard University. He filmed the moment when the skin of a bubble's surface popped, and noticed a ring of small bubbles took the place where the bubble's edge had once existed. Using a high-speed camera, Bird captured the proof.

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MIT researcher James C. Bird, studied popping bubbles with a high-speed camera to investigate what happens to the hemispheric bubble after it bursts.
He discovered that when a bubble bursts, its surface film folds back onto itself and traps a doughnut-shaped pocket of air.

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