Although organisms obey the same physical laws as inanimate objects the evolutionary implications of these laws are often neglected. Physical factors influence the fitness value of traits and play an important role in the course of evolution. These are the areas of investigation that interest us.
An evaporating drop of ouzo goes through several stages due to the interactions of oil, alcohol and water. If you turn the situation around by placing a drop of (blue-dyed) water in a mixture of alcohol and anise oil (top image), you get some similarly odd behavior. The drop of water shimmies and grows as alcohol dissolves into it, carrying the occasional oil droplet with it. Eventually, the droplet grows large enough and buoyant enough that part of it detaches and floats to the surface (middle image). If you increase the alcohol ratio in the surrounding fluid, you speed up this process, causing droplets to stream up to the surface (bottom image). (Image and video credit: O. Enriquez et al., source)