March 3, 2008 5:57 PM Subscribe
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At the University of Texas, researchers have produced some amazing videos and photos of liquid bouncing on liquid. This was one of nature.com's Images of the Year
for 2007 (picture number 6, in the upper-right corner). The project report, along with pictures and videos, is found on their bouncing jet
page, and it's quite extraordinary both for the counter-intuitive nature of the phenomenon and the extremely low-tech production methods. You can even do it at home with little more than a lazy Susan and some silicone oil.
Amazingly enough, Matthew Thrasher, one of the researchers involved, wrote his master's thesis (and later his PhD thesis) on this experiment. Oh, and his high school science fair project
, while unrelated, is also pretty cool. There's something quite satisfying about this kind of DIY science.