10 Hypnotizing Science Experiment GIFs Explained

You’ve probably seen them before and stared at them in awe. Some of us may have gone out of their way and googled what the hell was going on in those GIFs, but many others wouldn’t have. In case you’ve always wondered about whether some GIFs could be real or not, here is the information you’ve been waiting for.


1. Blue magnetic putty.

If you’ve ever played with putty, you know that its viscoelastic properties enable you to pour it like a liquid but also bounce it as if it was solid. Magnetic putty behaves just the same, except that an iron oxide is added. For this reason, it’ll react to magnetic forces, making it appear as if it has a mind of its own. The best thing about it? You can even make it yourself!


2. Human loop.

Even though we’ve seen many people do this on any kind of bike, Damian Walter is the first human to run this loop on foot. In order to make it, he needed to accelerate to a certain speed and keep his shoulder at the dead center of the loop at all times. At the highest point, Walter had to reach 8.65 mph to make the loop without falling. The full video can be found here.


3. Quantum locking.

No, this isn’t magic, and you don’t have to be a wizard to perform this trick. Using the properties of quantum physics, scientists levitate an object over another magnetic object. The edge of the table is magnetic, and the levitated object is called a superconductor, conducting electrical currents with zero resistance when cooled down to extreme temperatures. This is why the puck in the GIF is frosted. Here are the specifics.

4. Slinky falling in slow-motion.

Inherently, the slinky is nothing but a spring. As soon as a spring is stretched, its tension will try to pull it back together towards the original state. Due to the fact that the tension is mostly occurring symmetrically, it’ll shrink equally on both ends, seemingly defying gravity for a split second. Here’s the original video.


5. Explosive plants.

These plants have found creative ways to reproduce. It’s no wonder that this particular one is called the spotted touch-me-not. Its scientific name is jewelweed (Impatiens capensis), and will explode once its seeds have reached a mature enough stage. A more in-depth study on the plant’s mechanics was published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.


6. Opening pine cone.

For as long as it’s nice and dry outside, pine cones open up to disperse seed. When it’s damp, on the other hand, they close to protect themselves. Pine cones are a common examples of hygromorph, which is known to change shape based on humidity levels.

7. Water transfer printing.

So-called hydrographics are a quick and very efficient method to coat any object. Firstly, the hydrographic film is placed on the water surface and, secondly, the object is carefully dipped into the water to transfer the texture onto its surface.


8. Ants acting as both fluids and solids.

Impressive as they are on their own, ants found out that they can do much more when acting as one body. By latching onto each other, they can create a mass that’s both elastic and bouncy. This way, they can adapt to different situations.


9. Diver walking upside down under the ice.

Just watch the bubbles – something doesn’t seem quite right. These divers are actually walking upside down under  the ice of a frozen lake. This is made possible by inflating their gear with air.


10. Exploding watermelon.

Even though watermelons are pretty durable, you can make them explode with the combined force of approximately 500 rubber bands. Here’s the original video.