Chemical reactions are those magical moments when the matter that surrounds us suddenly bursts into life. A stunning new video collaboration between scientists and artists now showcases eight different types of these reactions in exquisite detail.
The iodine clock is a common chemistry experiment in which two clear liquids are mixed together to produce a dark, opaque color. But as you'll see in this video, the speed at which this reaction happens is nothing short of remarkable.
It's one of the most well-known reactions in all of chemistry, but have you ever seen it filmed at high speed? Not surprisingly, the effect is quite gorgeous — and reminiscent of the Earth's churning deep blue atmosphere as seen from space.
The simple flame is an extraordinarily complex phenomenon, one that involves thousands of chemical reactions. But fire also plays off the effects of gravity. So what happens when you take that gravity away? As a recent experiment aboard the ISS has shown, you get a very strange flame, indeed.
It's fun to watch chemistry labs explode on video, but you know what's even more fun? Watching a chemistry experiment in action, with a good explanation of what's going on. That's science at its most awesome. Here are ten of our favorite chemical reactions caught on video — which also include excellent commentary on…