Kimia tidak selamanya serumit yang dikira, kadang Ledakan, reaksi yang indah, dan video musik lucu adalah alasan besar untuk tertarik kimia. Berikut adalah beberapa favorit tentang kimia :
10. Thermite vs. Liquid Nitrogen
The British science show Brainiacasked one of the greatest scientific questions of all time: can liquid nitrogen freeze molten iron?
9. Gummy Bear Dies a Fiery Death in Potassium Chlorate
Melt the oxygen-supplying chemical potassium chlorate, drop in some candy, and a fantastic display of fireworks will follow.
8. German Scientist Spits Flaming Spores
When flammable powders are dispersed in the air, they can explode. Throughout history, that phenomenon has lead to explosions in grain storage facilities. In this case, the scientist ignites a cloud of lycopodium spores.
7. The PCR Song
Filmed in the style of a celebrity benefit, this music video is a commercial for a BioRad thermocycler, which is essentially a DNA copying machine. During the song, there are tons of great jokes about the particulars of reproducing the genetic material. My favorite: “PCR: When you need to know who the daddy is.” hints that the reaction can be used in paternity testing.
6. Mysterious Reaction Creates an Undulating Brew
In 1973, this spectacular demonstration was perfected by Thomas Briggs and Warren Rauscher, two amazing high school science teachers. When several clear liquids are combined, the mixture quickly changes colors — back and forth — over and over again.
5. How to Make Stalagmites Instantly
Sodium acetate, the chemical found in many hand warmers, will suddenly crystallize if you prepare a saturated solution and pour it onto a seed crystal.
4. Elephant Toothpaste
Mix concentrated hydrogen peroxide with dial soap, add a pinch of sodium iodide, and a fountain of oxygen-filled bubbles will erupt from the container.
3. How to Make Your Own Glow Sticks
The nerdy thing to do before going to a rave.
2. The Inner Life of A Cell
Animator John Liebler gave the world a look at the beautiful ballet of molecules which gives rise to life.
1. Magnesium Burning Between Bricks of Dry Ice
If you thought that nothing could burn while sandwiched between two bricks of dry ice — think again. Magnesium can combust in an atmosphere of pure carbon dioxide.
If you have not had enough yet, check out the brilliant collection of Edward Kent. He has amassed dozens of fantastic clips.