32 Mesmerising GIFs That Will Make You Fall In Love With Science

The world in all its explosive, magnetic, and melting glory. Warning: You won’t be able to stop staring at some of these.

1. Setting fire to Lithium.

Full video.

2. A snowflake forms.

3. A magnet falls through a copper pipe.

4. Concentrated sulphuric acid is added to p-nitroaniline, and this happens.

Explanation with the video.

5. A rainbow forms in an Icelandic waterfall.

Taken from this video.

6. A white blood cell chases and engulfs this bacteria.

Make sure you watch to the end.

8. Liquid nitrogen + ping pong balls = endless fun.

(And tidying up.)

9. Earth’s ice and vegetation cycle over a year.

Based on images from NASA’s Visible Earth team.

10. A piece of metal is melted inside an electromagnet.

This one takes a while but is worth the wait.

11. A mimic octopus stops mimicking the ocean floor.

12. Smoke from a candle is set on fire.

13. A loop of plasma four times the size of the Earth erupts from the Sun.

14. A gallium spoon melts in hot water.

15. Hydrogen peroxide mixed with potassium iodide.

Makes something known as elephant’s toothpaste.

16. Flammable fluid in a glass jar.

17. A firework exploding in slow motion.

18. Ferrofluid in a glass bottle.

19. And magnetic putty swallowing a metal cube whole.

20. Ferrofluid forming into Christmas trees.

21. A superconductor levitates over a magnetic track.

It’s called the Meissner effect. Explanation in this video.

22. Seed pods exploding.


23. Sodium polyacrylate + water = artificial snow!

24. A slinky falls in slow motion.

Watch the video.

25. Water is deflected with a charged rod.


26. The Elephant’s Trunk nebula in 3D.

J-P Metsavainio /

More nebula images here.

27. Tracking a jellyfish’s movements with green dye.

28. Supercooled water freezes on contact with ice.

29. Sulphur hexaflouride is much denser than air.

Don’t try this one at home: sulphur hexaflouride is almost 24,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.

30. Iron reacts with copper sulphate.

In reality it takes several hours.

31. Iodine clock reaction.

Explanation from Periodic Videos.

32. A carnation frozen in liquid nitrogen is hit by a hammer.

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Kelly Oakes is science editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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