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Here's why champagne bubbles might affect the future of energy

When you pop that champagne bottle next week, chalk it up to a science experiment.

That process you see just after the bottle opens, with large bubbles overtaking smaller ones, is the same process that occurs in a power-generating turbine. A new study in The Journal of Chemical Physics describes researches simulating the champagne bottle effect.

In the long run, the researchers' work analyzing no fewer than 700 million particles could lead to more efficient power stations and propellers. Cheers!