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    Updated on Dec 31, 2018. Posted on Oct 2, 2013

    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.

    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.

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

    Make sure you watch to the end.

    7. Luminol reacts with oxygen.

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

    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.

    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.

    31. Iodine clock reaction.

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

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