I already own a chunk of aerogel (aka "frozen smoke"), which I pull from its little plastic container every couple of years to marvel at. I keep it in a bedside table drawer that's become my de facto cabinet of curiosities. My next addition to the cabinet is a chunk of gallium, because it's a metal that liquifies at 85.59°F so it will melt in your hand. It's not extremely toxic, like mercury, which I played with a lot when I was a kid, anyway.
I've been interested in gallium after reading that some people make practical joke spoons with gallium that melt when you place them in a hot beverage:
Amazon has a 20g piece of gallium for $(removed) (including shipping) and one Amazon reviewer said it the size of 3 quarters.
Researchers successfully revived ancient microbes, some more than 100 million years old, that were buried in the seafloor. During an expedition to the South Pacific Gyre, the scientists from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and their colleagues drilled into the ocean sediment almost 6,000 meters below the surface. “Our main question […]
My family stopped wiping down all our groceries to “disinfect” them a couple months ago, mostly because of hygiene exhaustion. Then in May, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention clarified its own Web page about how COVID-19 spreads to state that “based on data from lab studies on COVID-19 and what we know about […]
I’d totally go.
If you’re a photographer, videographer, or graphic designer, you’ve got a lot of competition charging up behind you. Because while you’ve been trained as a content creator, the task of snapping brilliant images, capturing well-composed video, and posting effective social media is now part of literally everyone’s skill set. For years, Adobe and their ubiquitous […]
After years of hearing a steady drumbeat about the necessity of surfing the web under the protection of a VPN, even the most technophobic among us are starting to come around. But even knowing the dangers one can face from cybercrooks phishing for information from unsuspecting victims online, those last holdouts still have some fears. […]
You may not realize it, but some of the biggest films in movie history have been edited using the same tools some of you use to cut your video of vacationing at Disney World. Giant movies from Oscar favorites The Social Network and Gone Girl to blockbusters like Avatar, Deadpool, and last year’s Terminator: Dark […]