In this episode of Periodic Videos, professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff from the School of Chemistry at The University of Nottingham describes the process of making a spoon from an alloy that melts in a cup of hot tea. The alloy is called Field's Alloy and it has a melting temperature of 62 °C (144 °F). It was named after its inventor, Simon Quellen Field of SciToys and is made from bismuth, lead, and tin. Here's Simon's article about the alloy.
Chris Notap used a small, cheap vacuum pump to suck the air out of a variety of plastic containers ranging from bread bags to 55 gallon drums.
As the air leaves the chamber, the marshmallow gummy bear bloats. Its candy skin forms fissures. After it reaches its maximum size, the operator opens a valve. The bear implodes under atmospheric pressure, becoming a puddly lump at the bottom of the chamber.
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