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13 Science Projects Explained In 6 Seconds Or Less

Just because it's science doesn't mean it has to be complicated. Learn the simple science behind these well known experiments, then submit your own in the world's first #6SecondScience Fair.

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1. Mixing candy with soda will create a brilliant blast!

Via Flickr: rhouse

We've all seen the Diet Coke and Mentos trick before, but why does it work? The unique surface area of the Mentos speeds up the reaction of carbon dioxide in the soda. This mysterious chemical reaction was recently discovered by MythBusters.

4. Good vibrations make this cornstarch and water mixture dance!

Via Flickr: 63559904@N04

A solution of cornstarch and water, aka non-Newtonian fluid, aka ooze, does not have a constant viscosity. When left alone, they look like a liquid. When pushed by the vibration of a speaker, they look like a solid.

6. Making billions of bubbles and lots of heat from a few household ingredients.

Via Flickr: carlnelson

The foamy substance, which is the result of an exothermic reaction, is created when water, soap, and yeast are mixed with hydrogen peroxide. It's simple, try making your own elephant toothpaste.

12. Hypnotizing your friends with a homemade lava lamp!


You probably know by now that oil and water don't mix very well. Add an Alka-Seltzer tablet and some food coloring, and watch as small bubbles of carbon dioxide gas take the colored water along for a ride. Here's how to make your own groovy lava lamp.

13. Fixing some tie-dye cereal for breakfast. / Via Twitter: @generalelectric

If you've got milk, you've got science. When you combine milk with dish detergent and food coloring, surface tension is lowered causing a swirl of colors.

Now go ahead and put your newfound knowledge to the test. Create your own experiments on Vine using the hashtag #6SecondScience for a chance to be featured by GE.