Weird Science

Instantly freezing water will totally blow your mind17s

Instantly freezing water will totally blow your mind

Checkout what happens to water after it becomes super-cooled in a freezer. If you get it at just the right temperature, the water will not freeze until its molecules align into crystals after a little help - in this case by tapping the water bottle. Try it for yourself!

Published: June 14, 20186,329 views
Octopuses are from space because of alien DNA?2m38s

Octopuses are from space because of alien DNA?

Are we all aliens? According to scientists the DNA of octopuses proves that they have not evolved on Earth. "A plausible explanation is that the new genes are imported to the earth in the form of frozen octopus-eggs," said the scientists. Source Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology

This Egg Balancing Display Can Be Explained By Astronomy49s

This Egg Balancing Display Can Be Explained By Astronomy

Egg balancing was first made popular by the Chinese. The practice began thousands of years ago and was connected with the beginning of the Chinese spring on February 4th or 5th. It was believed that the position of the earth in relation to the sun provided a unique opportunity due to an unusual, although subtle, influence on gravity. This craze spread to the United States in 1945 after Life Magazine featured the egg balancing craze in China. These events still take place to this day and they draw thousands of people. Explanations for this phenomenon have circulated that claim the eggs are more easily balanced during certain seasons, during certain phases of the moon and also during the Jupiter Effect, an alignment of the planets on the same side of the sun. The Jupiter Effect last occurred in 1982 and only happens once every 169 years. Scientists were not only predicting that eggs would be affected, but also ocean tides, weather patterns, and volcanic activity. In truth, all of these situations have a negligible effect on gravity and on eggs. Anyone with a steady enough hand can balance eggs on their end without a lot of difficulty. The shell of an egg seems smooth and uniformly rounded, but they are actually prone to imperfections and indentations too small to see. Rotating the egg slowly and finding the right angle requires no special skill or astrological event. Scientists actually tell us now that the effect of the gravitational forces exerted by other planets will not even compare to the forces created by a person's breathing in the room, or their heartbeat. The legend continues to circulate despite numerous experts explaining that this feat is as possible on one day of the year as any other. If you're skeptical, give this activity a try. With a little patience, anyone can stand an egg on its end.

 Boiling Water Freezes Instantly In -41 Degree Temperatures55s

Boiling Water Freezes Instantly In -41 Degree Temperatures

While most are not quite safe for kids, doing experiments is the most fun way of learning stuff. Getting that first-hand experience means you get to understand how things work and the visual will never dissipate. One such thing that you get to do is seeing how hot water freezes instantly in below freezing temperatures. It is called the Mpemba effect, named after a Tanzanian student who discovered that a hot ice cream mix freezes faster than a cold mix in cookery classes in the early 1960s. Scientists were unable to explain the cause for this effect until recently. But first, let’s see what needs to be done. First of all, you need to boil a solid amount of water. One pot will do. Next, you need freezing cold temperatures, like the ones that can only be found in Novosibirsk in Siberia, Russia. In this clip, the guy demonstrates that it is - 41 degrees Celsius, which is -41.8 Fahrenheit. Dressed in his nice, warm parka, the guy walks outside on his apartment balcony, his friend in tow to film the result. Our scientist here grabs the pot of boiling water , takes one good look overboard to make sure no one is down to take the damage and tosses the hot load in the air. If you thought that the water will turn cold and fall like rain, you are way off. This is where that strange Mpemba effect comes to play. To simplify it, hot water is less dense than cold water, so the molecules in water are further apart. When tossed in the air, it starts to evaporate faster, meaning small atoms get separated and they form ice crystals quicker. Science aside, it is really cool to see a column of frozen water vapor form right outside your window. A cloud of you own, if you will.

Published: January 11, 2018534 views
Bread left in water has incredible mold transformation2m23s

Bread left in water has incredible mold transformation

Have you ever wondered what happens to bread left in wet plate? This time lapse shows how mold take over entire slice in 16 days. The bread is made from rye and wheat. It was stored in refrigerator for about a month prior to taking time lapse.

Published: January 5, 20181,112 views
Hot Water Instantly Vaporized In -31 Fahrenheit Temperatures26s

Hot Water Instantly Vaporized In -31 Fahrenheit Temperatures

If you were ever wondering how boiling water can be instantly vaporized in freezing temperatures, then science has the answer you seek. Cold air holds very little humidity, so when hot water is thrown into it, the air cannot absorb the water. Some water is forced into vapor which takes energy, leaving the remainder to transform into snow. This process looks like magic, and it's no wonder that many people have recorded the results and made a ton of viral videos all over the Internet. But this video is something even better - it's in slow motion! The setting sun in the background adds even more drama to the amazing footage. If you want to try this yourself, remember that you need to take precautions. Never throw the water above yourself, and needless to say - protective wear is a must! Even though the boiling water gets vaporized instantly, it's never a bad idea to protect yourself just in case. This experiment is also a favorite of science teachers that live in northern areas, so whenever the temperatures drop below zero, they are eager to show the students this awesome phenomenon. Just be careful not to stay out in the cold for too long, or you might catch a cold. But if you do catch it, then don't worry - you can easily overcome it with the help from these cool homemade remedies that actually work.

Watch A Soap Bubble Freeze Instantly In Real-Time28s

Watch A Soap Bubble Freeze Instantly In Real-Time

When it's -25°C/-13°F outside, soap bubble mixtures freeze faster than they pop, making for some very fascinating effects! When the temperature drops so low, user 'ChrisRatzlaff' likes to go out in his backyard, bubble blower in one hand and the camera in the other. He jokes: “I think my neighbors have gotten used to this sort of behavior by now" However, frozen bubbles are still very fragile creatures, so Chris experimented with different recipes to create a durable bubble wall that won't pop in the slightest breeze. And we are not just talking about the water to soap ratio, no; we are talking about adding ingredients to your mixture to get the most flawless and stunning results each and every time, without exception! And the secret recipe is: - 200ml warm water - 35ml corn syrup - 35ml dish soap - 2tbs sugar Chill the mixture in the freezer to help speed up the process when outside and you will have your own frozen globes in matter of seconds! Just don’t forget to layer up, because it is frrrreezing out there! Now, we have shown you a similar video where a soap bubble freezes completely , but that one took like a minute and a half. This one freezes in almost 20 seconds and the snowflakes that form on the surface of the bubble are truly magical!

The Magical Moment When Boiling Water Freezes Instantly Into White Powder43s

The Magical Moment When Boiling Water Freezes Instantly Into White Powder

This video is a real proof that science is awesome! Even those of you who didn’t fancy this subject at school, this video is guaranteed to change your mind and sweep you off your feet! There is only one thing to do on -27 degrees Celsius in Canada. Trek down to the lake with boiling water to make instant ice mist in the beautiful wilderness! This spectacular video filmed in slow-motion captures the ice mist and makes up for an absolutely breathtaking spectacle, showing the beauty of nature at its finest! Who knew that something so fun could come out of something so cold! Every winter, one of the coolest trends is to throw cups of boiling water into the air. Amazingly, once the water leaves the cup it immediately turns into "snow." Check out this video and see what happens! There is science behind this magical experiment! The water is rapidly evaporating into vapor that immediately condenses into a cloud. The moment water is thrown into the air, the liquid disappeared in a big, short-lived cloud. Amazing! Boiling water is closer to evaporating than cold water, so when you throw extremely hot water into a very cold, very dry atmosphere the smallest droplets are able to cool and evaporate in a dramatic cloud before they reach the ground. The experiment works best when the air temperature and dew point are far below zero . Some people claim that hot water freezes faster because a pot of boiling water can be thrown into the air on a cold winter day, and it freezes in mid air creating a shower of ice crystals. Whereas a pot of cold water thrown into the air comes down as large blobs of water. If a pot of boiling water is thrown into the air on a cold winter day it freezes in mid-air creating a shower of ice crystals. That is the surprising result because the hot water is so close to becoming steam and the act of throwing it into the air causes it to break up into tiny droplets. Magic! The small water droplets have a large surface area which allows for a great deal of evaporation, this removes heat quickly. The cooled droplets are so small, that they can be easily frozen by the winter air. All of this happens before the water hits the ground. Cold water doesn't break up into such small pieces when thrown into the air, so it comes down in large blobs.

Published: February 18, 201696,226 views
Shooting Boiling Water From Water Gun In Extreme Cold Turns Into A Surprise25s

Shooting Boiling Water From Water Gun In Extreme Cold Turns Into A Surprise

Normally when you shoot water from a water gun and it falls on the ground leaving marks. In the sand it makes small holes, while in the snow… Watch for yourself! Dangerously cold temperatures from a polar vortex have gripped most of North America, breaking decade-long records in the process. A guy finds an inventive way to have some fun in the freezing temperatures. He decides to shoot off near-boiling water from a Super Soaker in -15F weather! This inventive guy filled a pressurized water gun, known as a “moose-soaker”, with near-boiling water and started firing it off his front porch . Assumingly, you wait to see water coming out of the gun and making small holes in the white snow. But that is not what is happening. The water gun releases smoke instead of water. This shows how cold it is in this boy’s town. He even tries harder, until he spends all the water left in the gun, but no! Nothing comes out of it, except the white smoke . He smiles as he can not believe his own eyes. His experiment did not go as he imagined, but yes, "This is so cool" must crosses his mind. I mean, I do not know what this guy expects, when even the water in the swimming pool in his backyard is frozen and has turned into a skating place! However, the result can be either it is really cool-looking, or something we never want to see!

Published: January 6, 201481,535 views
Rare audio of indigenous languages saved by invention 100 years later3m57s

Rare audio of indigenous languages saved by invention 100 years later

Optical scan technology is helping researchers at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, preserve audio of 78 indigenous California languages, most of which were recorded more than a century ago. The recordings are on approximately 2,700 wax cylinders that are now barely audible due to issues such as mold. These are the only known sound recordings for several of the languages, and in many other cases, the recordings include unique speech practices and otherwise unknown stories and songs. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), linguist Andrew Garrett, digital librarian Erik Mitchell and anthropologist Ira Jacknis, all of UC Berkeley, are restoring these recordings. The researchers are using a non-invasive optical scanning technique that was developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory physicists Carl Haber and Earl Cornell. The collaboration with Haber and Cornell is enabling the NSF-funded research team to transfer all 100 hours of audio content from the wax cylinders and improve the recordings, finally making it possible to figure out which language is being spoken and what's being said. The rich Native American cultural collection will ultimately be accessible to indigenous communities as well as to the general public and scholars. The linguistic diversity of the world's estimated 7,000 languages is immense. Modern technologies like this one unlock the documentation to enable new community uses and scientific investigations. This research was co-funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities; grant number PD-230659-15. NSF support was provided by award #1500779, "Linguistic and ethnographic sound recordings from early twentieth-century California: Optical scanning, digitization, and access." Credit: National Science Foundation

Time Lapse Of Tarantula Shedding Her Skin  In Only One Minute 58s

Time Lapse Of Tarantula Shedding Her Skin In Only One Minute

This is so fascinating! This is a short time lapse featuring a Brachypelma Smithi tarantula, named Pebbles, molting (shedding her skin). Pebbles is 11 years old and goes through this process at least once during a 1.5 year timeline. It was recorded over a 7-hour period, but with the time lapse, we can watch it all unfold in just one minute, incredible! This video makes the process look a lot shorter than it actually is. It is always so cool to see how nature works, especially when it's a tarantula shedding her skin! You don't see this very often! Brachypelma Smithi tarantulas are usually found around the central Pacific coast of Mexico and are also known as Mexican Red-Knee Tarantulas. They are usually found in dry areas with barely any vegetation, usually in deserts, or tropical forests. They live in burrows in rocky areas as the base of thorny vegetation like cacti. They are very large dark spiders and be quite intimidating if you aren't a spider lover. They usually won't cause any harm unless they are being threatened. In that case, they will show their fangs. Have you ever seen a tarantula before? Let us know in the comment section down below!

Published: July 7, 2014141,832 views
Water Rotation Experiment In Two Hemispheres 2m38s

Water Rotation Experiment In Two Hemispheres

We have heard the theory: water going down the drain spins in different directions depending on which hemisphere you're in. But what if you are at the Equator and then move a few meters towards the Southern hemisphere, then move back towards the Northern hemisphere and try the same thing? Can a few meters make a difference? Watch this and let us know your thoughts! Who would have thought that something like this could happen?! We have all heard of that theory before but most of us consider it just that, a theory or a myth. It seems that this theory really does have some merit as this video right here proves it! It seems that the reason for the results of this video is called the Coriolis force. It is caused by the earths rotations and ultimately effects the way the air around the water and the water itself is being pulled. In the Northern Hemisphere, it is pulled counter clockwise, while in the Southern Hemisphere it is pulled clockwise. Now do not be fooled, the Coriolis force is too weak to have any effect on any regular amount on water in your household such as draining a bath or flushing a toilet. It can only work depending on the way the drain is structured and that is why you seen the person putting the divider in the water before conducting the experiment. You can see the Coriolis force in action when you see a satellited image of a hurricane in either hemisphere! This force is responsible for the way that they spin! Please share this video with your family and friends as it will surely surprise them and is a clip that no one should miss!

Published: November 9, 2014241,025 views
Incredible launch and landing of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket2m26s

Incredible launch and landing of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

Space, the final frontier. As technology gets more and more advanced, you can expect to see a surge in rockets going to space. Before you know it, human civilization will begin to be able to go out into space for a trip, and even colonize other planets. Isn't that just insane? Technology just gets cooler and cooler each day! Here we have the highlights from the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket by SpaceX. It was launched from the Kennedy Space Center, in its Launch Complex 39A in Florida. Watch as this rocket ascends into the sky to music. The purpose of this mission is to gather intelligence and to relay it back to the headquarters on Earth. Everyday there is a new advancement in some kind technology, and collectively, all those advancements can lead to something awesome, just like the launch of this rocket. Check out the highlights for the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A in Florida. Amazing!

New giant Oviraptor dinosaur discovered1m45s

New giant Oviraptor dinosaur discovered

Learn about the breakthrough discovery of the Beibeilong sinensis dinosaurus. The existence of this oviraptor was, until recently, unknown to researchers. It is therefore a new species, which scientists have named Beibeilong sinensis. The dinosaur lived about 90 million years ago!

Smash glow crystals in a blender2m36s

Smash glow crystals in a blender

We put triboluminescent, or "Smash Glow" crystals in a blender. Triboluminescence is the effect of light being emitted when something is broken, smashed, or otherwise broken. The substance in this video is a particular type of chemical called triphenylphosphinebis(pyridine)thiocyanato copper(I). Enjoy!

Published: April 19, 20172,023 views
Spider Lily proves to be cure for cancer3m13s

Spider Lily proves to be cure for cancer

Researchers from the University of Windsor in Canada found a substance that works better than chemotherapy for cancer, without harming healthy cells. They have made more compounds in the laboratory to mimic the anti-cancer effect of the spider lily, a common plant. "They are extremely selective. Healthy cells are not being damaged, and the cancer cells were killed," said Professor Siyaram Pandey about the substances.

Young scientist demonstrates the impossible: Levitation45s

Young scientist demonstrates the impossible: Levitation

Most of us would believe that levitation is impossible. Of course we know that magnets can attract or repel metal objects. But what makes it possible to lock an object in space and keep it there? Josh Van der Zalm, nano-science student places a super-cooled ceramic plate over a magnet and then shows how it remains locked in whatever position he places it in. He even demonstrates how the plate can be forced to levitate in a circular path over a track. You have to see it to believe it!

Researchers in Egypt turn prawns into plastic49s

Researchers in Egypt turn prawns into plastic

Researchers at Egypt's Nile University are developing a way to turn dried shrimp shells into biodegradable plastic in a bid to make environmentally-friendly grocery bags. Credit to Reuters.

Published: March 3, 20171,548 views