6 Dramatic Chemical Reactions To Try At Your Next House Party

July 30, 2014
Chemical Reactions Beakers

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The world chemists live in can be a strange and terrifying place. Old-timey cartographers used to place dragons over the unknown lands on their maps. Any scientist doing research is operating on the border between the known and unknown worlds, and what lurks in the undiscovered country is sometimes found to breathe fire and—shed its skin? I don’t know much about dragons. Anyway, here be six dragons of chemistry that nerds in lab coats discovered, tamed, and set to work doing tricks for us in laboratories.

Chemical Reactions: Thermite Eats Through Metal

People who play first-person-shooter games know thermite as an explosive that sets off a brilliant white light when used to destroy a piece of equipment that might fall into the enemy’s hands. People who will shortly be facing federal indictments know that thermite can totally be cooked on a home stove using rusty nails and aluminum powder.

The resulting mix is officially good for spot welding cracked metal. Unofficially, it will eat straight through the engine block on the Camaro your ex’s new boyfriend drives. Kids, ask your parents.

Chemical Reactions: Sulfuric Acid Turns Sugar into an Evil Snake

When you were a kid, the worst part of the Fourth of July was those snakes. Remember those? The package always had a dramatic sketch of some explorer in a pith helmet wrestling with the world’s most improbably large boa constrictor. This was felt to be a selling point, by the way. But when you set the things down on the street, evacuated innocent civilians, and finally got the things lit, they just kind of twisted around and let off a bit of smoke that made your dad come outside and check his tires.

Scientists had the same crappy childhood you did, and so when they grew up they went looking for the awesome experience they felt they’d been cheated out of as kids. Except theirs involves sugar and freaking sulfuric acid.

You Must Watch These Top 6 Viral Videos From July

July 29, 2014
Viral Videos from July

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Everyone loves a good viral video–especially when the summer heat gets so unbearable that you practically have to stay inside to avoid becoming a puddle. To make sure that you never miss out on the funniest, most inspiring videos on the web, we’ve complied the top six viral videos from July. Watch them all, and then share your favorites with your friends!

DTAC’s Heartwarming Thai Commercial

Warning: DTAC’s new Thai commercial may prompt all the happy tears and warm fuzzies. We won’t spoil the story, but if you haven’t seen the “Technology will never replace love” advertisement, we highly recommend you take a second to watch it now. Just keep a box of Kleenex handy!

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The 21st Century According To 19th And 20th Century France

July 29, 2014

Starting around 1899, Jean-Marc Côté and a few other visionary French artists began to speculate what dramatic turns the world would take over the course of the next century. They carefully crafted a series of drawings to be displayed at the World Exhibition in Paris, and later these same images would become postcards and thoughtful inserts in cigarette and cigar boxes.

A sampling of what we can gather from these drawings is that French people of the early 1900s were convinced that we’d be spending a good portion of our future lives either airborne or underwater. Walking the Earth was so twentieth century, after all…

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