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A building of bubbles

The swim center for the Olympics, which looks like it formed out of froth, was designed using the mathematics of foam.

6:07am, July 19, 2008

The NationalAquaticsCenter in Beijing, newly built for the Olympics, is a glowing cube of bubbles. The walls, roof and ceiling of the “Water Cube” are covered — indeed, made from — enormous bubbles that seem to have drifted into place randomly, as if floating on the surface of a pool.

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