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And here's how it looks if you combine mercury thiocyanate and fire
December 12, 2013 12:43 PM   Subscribe

Animated gifs of high energy chemical reactions.
posted by Chrysostom (17 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
MUST

CLOSE PORTAL

now.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 12:49 PM on December 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


SCIENCE


EXCELLENT



this is the part where we blow stuff up. (as my dad would say the last day of summer science class...)
posted by louche mustachio at 12:51 PM on December 12, 2013


science is gross
posted by incomple at 12:55 PM on December 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Nifty!

Also: http://www.reddit.com/r/chemicalreactiongifs/
posted by bonehead at 1:01 PM on December 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Also, that ammonium dichromate one is actually ammonium dichromate on the outside and mercury (II) thiocyanate ("Pharoh's serpent") inside. Here's the original Youtube video.
posted by bonehead at 1:05 PM on December 12, 2013


science is *AWESOME*

(except for the dead cuttlefish one)
posted by DigDoug at 1:06 PM on December 12, 2013


Science, in my experince, can be GROSS, FITHY and AWESOME all at the same time.
posted by bonehead at 1:10 PM on December 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


and sometimes it smells really bad.

Wear your safety glasses, please!
posted by louche mustachio at 1:17 PM on December 12, 2013


AAAH! AAH! KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!

… THE FIRE IS MAKING IT WORSE AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!

posted by onwords at 1:22 PM on December 12, 2013 [2 favorites]


Drop of water falling on sodium.
1lb of sodium thrown in the pond.
5 lbs of sodium in a burning boat.
posted by Kabanos at 1:23 PM on December 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


I think that last one is Cthulhu.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 1:38 PM on December 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


20,000 lbs of sodium dropped into a lake.
posted by jason_steakums at 1:42 PM on December 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


My dad, as a chemistry student, was once given the job of disposing of a drum of sodium stored in oil. He and a friend were instructed to dump it into a river that ran through campus to neutralize it, as it was too dangerous just to put in the trash.

They spent the afternoon lobbing hunks of sodium into the rapids (using tongs---safety first!), seeing who could make the largest cloud of smoke.
posted by bonehead at 1:51 PM on December 12, 2013


I have to wonder -- are the days of college chemistry fun over because of the fears of lawsuits?
posted by crapmatic at 2:05 PM on December 12, 2013


Whoa, the first one reminded me eerily of the famous first nanosecond (picosecond? something) of a nuclear explosion.
posted by gwint at 2:25 PM on December 12, 2013 [1 favorite]


Microseconds, actually. The speed of light is about 30 cm (about 1 foot) per nanosecond, so a fireball 1 nanosecond after detonation could not have a radius of more than ~30 cm.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 5:08 AM on December 13, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wow, that descended into Lovecraftian horrors pretty quickly.

Now I want a pet.
posted by malocchio at 12:57 PM on December 13, 2013


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