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Mercury + Sound = Kooky Mad Science Party

Now let’s watch what happens when you take a blob of mercury and subject it to different audio frequencies. Spoiler alert: the mercury forms geometric shapes and appears to dance. This is slow-motion footage (with music added, not the tones the mercury is reacting to — we’ll get to those original tones [...]

The Amazing Origin of Silly Putty

Silly Putty was invented by accident when GE engineer James Wright was working to develop new types of rubber for the US military during World War II. Wright spent over a year experimenting with different combinations of chemical compounds, hoping to produce a synthetic, “hard rubber” silicone that could withstand the high heat of jet engines [...]