Turns out a sphere of floating water makes the ultimate fisheye lens!
Vine by astronaut Reid Wiseman
Vines… in… spaaaaaaace!
September 8th was gravity day, the day (in the U.S. at least) where the date (9/8) is the same as g, the rate of acceleration of an object due to gravity (9.8 m*s^-2).
To honor the occasion, GE and Vine users teamed up (again, remember their #6secondscience contest?) to create the world’s longest apple drop, an homage to the historical tidbit that probably had very little to do with Newton figuring out the whole gravity thing, although it makes a cute story :)
It ends with the very first Vine in zero-g, which incidentally is not a state where something is under no gravity, but rather when everything is falling at the same rate, thanks to that good ol’ constant: g.
Several apples were harmed in the making of this story.
Better Twerking Through Chemistry
You know that viral “twerk fail” video where some haphazard booty-shakin’ leads to a girl crashing through the table and setting her pants on fire thanks to badly placed candles and tequila?
Well, Jimmy Kimmel admitted it was a fake and that they pulled a fast one on the internet. Of course, with a little chemistry knowledge you could have known that as soon as you saw it. Because ethanol, whether it’s tequila, hand sanitizer or lab-grade solvent, burns in a very special way.
I’ll let this Vine video (also on my Instagram) explain. Six second science!
It’s a nice montage of the message in my new avatar with the intro to my YouTube videos and I love it very much and it’s just great.
Everyone is loving the #6secondscience collection put together by GE, showcasing Vine videos demonstrating cool science demos and creative uses of things you forgot in school.
Several of you asked what was going on (several also asked “What is Vine?” but I can’t help you there), so I went through and decoded all the science for you. Where possible, I included links so you can learn more and even try them yourself!
In order of appearance …
Whew. That took a lot longer than six seconds. Did I miss any? I’m not going back to check.
GE recently held a contest via the Vine app asking how much science can you fit into six seconds?
The results are pretty great. Any that you want me to explain? Just let me know. Might take longer than six seconds, though.
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