How was your day? Was it tiring? Did you find any interesting things? Or was it just a normal, boring day? If you have reached home and now lying comfortably on your sofa as you stumble on this post, you're lucky! Be ready to get informed and entertained at the same. Here are some hypnotizing, yet educational science GIFs as you retire for this day. Some you can even do at home!
Group of ants behaving oddly
Ants can adapt to different situations by intertwining with each other. This makes ants form and behave like solid or lliquid, which enables them to do tasks more efficiently. But I have mixed feelings with this one. This GIFs is oddly satisfying and a bit gross for me.
Magnetic putty eating up a metal ball
The blue material is called, silly putty, a kid's toy made up of a silicone polymer. When you add iron oxide to it, it will behave like one of the bosses in that video game you have played engulfing anyone that comes near it.
Sodium acetate forming beautiful precipitate
The substance in the flask is a solution with sodium acetate. When disturbed, it quickly forms magnificent crystals as it lets off heat. The white substance forming are hot ice sculptures.
Man walking upside down beneath ice
Yup, look again. The forming bubbles indicate that the man is walking upside down under a frozen lake. You may ask, how is this even possible? The people behind this used a gear inflated with air to make this stunt happen. And A LOT of courage.
Playing with ferrofluid using magnet
The black material is called ferrofluid. You can actually make your own ferrofluid using ink, toner, vegetable oil, and a rare Earth magnet that you can buy at hardware stores.
Colorful milk and paint patterns
This plate is just milk and several paint dropped one by one. Surface tension is behind this reaction, which is caused by the cotton swab dipped in a dish soap. There are parts of the milk that are not affected by the soap, which causes mixing up of colors producing vibrant hues and pastel colors.
The sand used in this experiment was added with a hydrophobic chemical that makes it resistant to water. That is why the sand behaved like nothing happened when it was spooned back out of the water.
Water bending, the science way
The secret to successful water bending isn't anything like kung fu, but just static electricity. The water in the experiment is positively charged that reacted to a pipe that is negatively charged. You can do it at home by scrubbing a comb to your hair several times, and putting it near a flowing water from the faucet. Viola! You're now a water bender.