oobleck, a non-newtonian fluid made with cornstarch and water - burning man 2007


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Oobleck, a non-newtonian fluid made with cornstarch and water

The artists who created this installation are Alex, Mary, and Max.­

Corn strarch and water (plus some optional green food coloring) creates a strange thick non-newtonian fluid called Oobleck. When stress is applied to the liquid it exhibits properties of a solid, i.­e.­ its viscosity increases tremendously.­ A hammer will bounce on it, but you can sink your hand into it with no effort if you do it slowly.­ it's really fun to play with, and you can do the mix in your kitchen! (i discovered the strange properties of this mix when i was a kid, playing in the kitchen).­

Check this very amusing video showing what you can do with a pool filled-up with this liquid.­ Just like Jesus, you can walk on the liquid!

More info on Wikipedia.

Photo taken at the Burning Man 2007 festival (Black Rock Desert, Nevada).­

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