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Turn Soda Into Instant Slush!

In: Random Reads, Redd, Videos

I don’t know about you but I love my cold icy drinks in the Summer. I especially love cola slushie from the local 7-11 and Iced Coffees. What’s your favorite Summertime drink?

Take any bottle of soda, and get it to freeze on command! This “super cool” trick works with cans of soda as well

WARNING: Leaving soda in the freezer too long can result in failure of the container, and a big mess. Glass bottles are not recommended, as the ice expands when freezing and can shatter the glass explosively. Use of video content is at own risk.

The anomaly of “self freezing soda” has been observed by many people, usually by accident. Some people put a soda in the freezer to chill it, but then forget about it. When they’ve remembered and gone to get it, it’s liquid until they open it, leaving them puzzled. Some people have noticed the effect by leaving the soda outside in cold temperatures.

There is a vending machine in Hong Kong that sells supercooled Coke bottles, and the instructions to trigger nucleation is the same as in this video, however they recommend taking a sip when the cap is on. I believe this is to increase the chances of impurities being introduced into the liquid, making nucleation more likely.

In this video, you’ll learn how to turn any ordinary liquid soda into instant slush like magic!

watch the demonstration after the jump

Mayim Bialik: Blossoming To Science

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Patrick, TV Shows

When I was a kid, at one time one of my favorite TV shows was definitely Blossom. “Don’t know about the future, that’s anybody’s guess / A’int no good-a-reason for gettin’ all depressed.” I still remember all the words to the theme song!

After the show ended, Mayim Bialik (who played Blossom) decided she didn’t want to act anymore and wanted to pursue her interests in neuroscience. More recently, she made a comeback in The Big Bang Theory and put her neuroscience to work. Such a fascinating woman!

In a new video for PBS’s “The Secret Life of Scientists,” Blossom talks about her double life in acting and neuroscience in a special segment called “Mayam Bialik: Blossoming Into Science.” The PBS show is an Emmy-nominated web video series and site from the makers of the acclaimed science series, PBS’s NOVA. Each episode profiles one of today’s leading scientists, and shows what happens when the lab coats come off. Watch the episode below!

Video after the jump…

Top 5 Science Stories of 2012

In: Patrick, Random Reads, Videos

DNews is a show about the science of everyday life and they post new videos three times a day, every weekday. Yesterday, they posted their Top 5 Science Stories of 2012! In the video, the host Trace counts down the biggest stories in a year full of amazing scientific advancements and achievements.

One of the top science stories of the year was the Mayan Apocalypse…or shall I say non-story of the year. There was so much build up to this “end of the world” event, with people stocking up of food & supplies, others climbing mountains or heading underground where they thought they’d be safe from whatever world-ending events they believed would unfold.

Check out the other top stories and Trace’s funny take on each of them in the video below.

Video after the jump…

Twitter: Scientific Benefits

In: Gadgets & Tech, Reader Submissions
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Wow, something useful might actually come from Twitter. I should start off by mentioning that I do not use Twitter; I don’t follow people who have Twitter; I have never even visited the Twitter website- I am assuming there is one- I simply know the basic premise behind it. There are two main reasons I am steering clear of Twitter:

1. I already have way too many things that I waste my time doing (eBay, Facebook, reading/writing blogs, checking email, reading, sleeping).

2. Inspite of friends who now Tweet, but used to make fun of my constant Facebook status updating.

In a society where everyone loves to know everyone’s business, follow celebrities, and have constant stimulation, I totally understand why Twitter is a hit. I just personally don’t want to get caught up in it.

I was very surprised to read an article the other day that a scientific idea was brought about because of Twitter. Coming from a science background, I have witnessed how much research is out there in the world that makes only baby steps towards something useful and that is beneficial to the world. And, how much there is out there that doesn’t even do that.

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