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What is surface tension? Ask a water strider.

Modern technologies like high speed cameras can allow us to see what was previously 'invisible' to the naked eye. This clip from Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds provides two memorable slow motion examples: A speedy...

What is fire? Is it a solid, a liquid, or a gas?

Sitting around a campfire, you can feel its heat, smell the woody smoke, and hear it crackle. If you get too close, it burns your eyes and stings your nostrils. You could stare at the bright flames forever as they twi...

Exploration Mission-1: Testing 2 million liters of water

Watch two million liters (450,000 gallons) of water explode 30 meters (100 feet) into the air onto Launch Pad 39B at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. This is the successful October 15, 2018 test of NASA's Ignition Over...

Can ice on Europa and Enceladus help us find extraterrestrial life?

In the late 1990s, photographs from the Galileo spacecraft showed an ice-covered surface on Europa, one of the Galilean moons orbiting Jupiter. In early 2018, studies of the data reported that "giant jets of water are...

Raindrops: What do they really look like?

When you draw raindrops, how do you draw them? Are they tear-shaped with the point at their tops? Is that really what raindrops look like? Dr. Joe Hanson asked that very question. He then tested what happened to water...

Use a 9-volt battery to break water into its elemental components

In the 1987 miniseries The Ring of Truth: An Inquiry into How We Know What We Know, Philip Morrison proves that a water molecule is composed of two hydrogen (H) atoms & one oxygen (O) atom with a simple demonstration....

Which is stronger: Glue or tape?

The oldest glue in the world is over 8,000 years old and comes from a cave near the Dead Sea. Today, we have enough types of tape and glue to build and repair almost anything. But what gives glue and tape their sticki...

The SUSTAIN Lab’s Hurricane in a Box

Brian Haus watches as the still air stirs into over 150 mph winds. The flat turquoise water suddenly churns a series of endless crashing waves of white frothy foam. Thankfully, Haus does not have to actually weather t...

The Engineering of the Drinking Bird

How is a drinking bird like a heat engine? In this video from Engineer Guy Bill Hammack, we can see how this famous drinking/dipping bird toy "exploits a temperature difference to convert heat energy to a pressure dif...

A GoPro survives being engulfed by lava

What happens when you leave a GoPro in a crevasse that's slowly filling up with lava? Kalapana, Hawaii-based tour guide Erik Storm accidentally left his little video camera in the lava's path for too long... yet the f...

How to make an Amazing 9 Layer Density Tower

Water is less dense than honey. Rubbing alcohol is less dense than water. Poured carefully on top of each other, from heaviest to lightest, they can create distinct layers. Add more liquids of different densities, suc...

Surface tension and The Cheerios Effect

Ever notice how cereal clumps up in your bowl, or how cereal sticks to the edges of the bowl? Bubbles in beverages do the same thing. You've probably seen this surface tension and buoyancy at work, but did you know th...

Why is syrup sticky?

Water isn't sticky, and sugar on its own isn't sticky either. So why is syrup—a heated, melty combination of water and sugar—so very, very sticky? Emily Elert of MinuteEarth explains the sticky molecular structures of...

Demonstrations of the Coanda Effect

Fluids flowing near a surface tend to follow the shape of the surface. Using Schlieren optics, we can see this behavior. It is known as the Coanda Effect and its explanation depends on viscosity, the frictional forces...

Why Does Your Cat’s Tongue Feel Like Sandpaper?

If you've ever been licked by a cat, did their tongue feel scratchy like sandpaper? The scratchiness is caused by their keratin papillae, tiny claw-like spines on their tongue that help to clean their fur. Cats (Felis...

An up close look at fingerprints and sweat glands

Zoom in to see this fingertip's epidermal ridges, those tiny lines, whorls, loops, arches, and valleys that are unique to each person on the planet. This macro and time lapse footage, filmed by Time Lapse Vision, an i...

The Chemistry of Skunk Spray

Skunks are infamous for their awful-smelling odor, but they don't always smell that way. Their spray, a liquid full of stinky chemicals from their anal scent glands, is used strategically to chase away predators. In t...

Bubble Device #4 at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum

From French Canadian media artist Nicholas Hanna, this is Bubble Device #4, another delightful video showcasing Hanna's automated bubble making device. The machine, which combines motors, pulleys, and a large fan, is ...

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