Science can be super dramatic, and throws up some amazing imagery that will blow your mind. Here’s 15 incredible GIFs!
This is a specially crated plastic called HeatSwell – it’s designed to expand when in contact with heat to make coffee cups more comfortable to hold. And scarier.
Here you can see what happens when you burn a heavier than air gas in a demi-john – the flame descends through the jar as the gas below it burns away.
This is what happens when you pout super cooled water onto a seed of ice. It freezes incredibly quickly to create a Stalag-Ice.
This is why you don’t want to get bitten by a snake – look at what happens to your blood when mixed with snake venom. Thickens.
Speaking of blood, it reacts equally strangely when you mix it with Hydrogen Peroxide:
Now look at what happens when that blood is trapped inside a tick – it reminds me of what happens to Tetsuo at the end of Akira.:
You know how you’re not allowed to take a mercury thermometer on an aeroplane. Here’s why: It reacts with the aluminium to create an amalgam that would basically turn bits of the aeroplane into liquid. Also, it looks disgusting!
This is Prince Ruperts Drop – molten glass is dropped in water which creates the shape. The change in temperature means that the glass has a number of different properties. The bulb end is really tough – you can hit it with a hammer. The tail not so much, as you can see in the gif!
This is how the Himalayan Balsam disperses its seeds – the pod pretty much explodes when it hits the ground, and looks pretty smart!
Dandelions are cool too – look at this timelapse of a dandelion growing and then going to seed:
Ever wonder what would happen if you set fire to a brillo pad? Here’s your answer!
And here’s what it looks like on the inside when you swallow your drink:
There’s a good reason why spoons are made of stainless steel rather than more exotic things, like Gallium:
Finally, here’s what happens in slow motion when two circular blobs of dye meet in a tank of water:
As Jesse Pinkman would say: