World’s Lightest Solid! – YouTube

Aerogels are the world’s lightest (least dense) solids. They are also excellent thermal insulators and have been used in numerous Mars missions and the Stardust comet particle-return mission. The focus of this video is silica aerogels, though graphene aerogels are now technically the lightest. Continue reading

Ivory Soap Souffle

Steve Spangler has a strange combination in the studio today… bars of soap, a microwave oven and a devious look on his face. You’ll never look at a bar of soap the same way again after today’s installment of Spangler Science.

Want more experiments like this? Check out http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/e…

How strong is Oobleck?

Oobleck is a mixture of water and cornstarch and an example of a non-Newtonian fluid. Oobleck behaves like a solid when squeezed and behaves like a conventional fluid once the applied pressure is released.

Check out my collaboration with Mark Rober here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4Dnu…

The science of snowflakes – Maruša Bradač

One could say that snowflakes are simply frozen water — but if you compare a snowflake to an ice cube, you’ll notice a big difference. Why are all snowflakes six-sided? Why are none of them exactly the same? And how do we ski on them? Maruša Bradač sheds light on the secret life of snowflakes.

Lesson by Maruša Bradač, animation by bottomless well films.

A Baffling Balloon Behavior – Smarter Every Day 113

This video provides a fascinating discrepant event about the flow of gases as compared to the condensed states of matter.  Cool Inquiry!

 

Click to see me explain Helium to my kids on my second channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQJ2v…

Official comment thread on Reddit here: http://bit.ly/1lkZ7eq (I participate in this discussion)

Click to read by blog entry Re: People confused by children who say “Yes Sir”
http://smartereveryday.tumblr.com/pos…

Music “Butterfly Rough” by A Shell In The Pit.
You know Gordon’s music by now. It’s all good.
http://ashellinthepit.bandcamp.com/

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