What Sorcery Is This?: A Liquid That Can Pour Itself

June 28, 2016


This is a video of science presenter Steve Mould demonstrating one of the unusual characteristics of Polyethylene Oxide (previously: Steve's gravity-defying chain experiment). Polyethylene Oxide is a polymer (best known for being the blue strip on safety razors) consisting of very long chains of molecules that are so tangled and wrapped around each other that, just by slightly tipping a glass full of the stuff, almost all of the liquid flows up and out. Science! But seriously, what does it taste like? You kinda dropped the ball on that, taste is like THE cornerstone of chemistry.

Keep going for the short video demonstration.

Thanks Steve, and let me know if you ever need any help with an experiment. Or a magic trick (I've been sawed in half twice already).

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