Study explains why coffee more likely than latte to spill

February 24, 2015 8:14 PM

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Study explains why coffee more likely than latte to spill

In studying the physical dynamics of sloshing liquids, researchers found that five layers of foam bubbles limited the height of waves ten-fold as compared to plain liquid (like black coffee).

"What we observe in our cups of coffee, this happens every time you're carrying liquids in a container that's partially filled," study co-author Emilie Dressaire, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at New York University, told Popular Science.

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