Whether they took place in your bathroom, your friend’s kitchen, or a science lab, there’s that one sweet experiment that we all remember from our childhoods. For some that was done by an awesome teacher that took the time to blow up something in the name of science, and for many of us Bill Nye was one of the only reasons we started to care about science.

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We found some amazing GIFs that can teach you something new about the universe in the most viral of ways. We knew about some of these scientific concepts, but others are just too crazy for real life. Check out some of our favorite scientific GIFs below, with an explanation of what’s going on. Be careful. You might learn something!

Magnetic Putty

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This is what happens when you add magnetic iron oxide powder to silly putty. The powder makes all of the putty magnetic, and it’ll swallow up magnets like the sphere above.

Human 360

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You’ve probably seen this done on motorcycles and skateboards before, but running through a loop is a little more complicated. This guy Damian Walter was the first person to do it on foot, and to accomplish this he had to be running at least 8.6 miles an hour for the centrifugal forces are enough to keep his feet stuck to the loop.

Orbit of Earth & Venus

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Venus’ orbit around the sun takes 224 days, compared to the 365 days it takes Earth to orbit the sun. This means the rotation ratio is 13:8, which creates this beautiful 5 fold geometric pattern when you trace the orbits. Pretty cool huh?

Slinky Falling In Slo-Mo

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What’s happening here is two forces working against each other. When the slinky is dropped the spring is trying to return to its natural state, which is compressed. That force is bringing the bottom of the spring up, while gravity is pushing down on the rest of the slinky. That leaves the bottom of the slinky looking like it’s floating, until the top of the slinky meets up with it.

Touch-me-not seed exploding

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This is the jewelweed, also known as the touch-me-not. When the seeds mature the plant explodes in order to spread its seeds. It’s called a nastic response, and it’s not very common in nature.

Pine Cones Opening

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When it gets dry outside pinecones open up in order to spread their seeds, and although it’s not as cool looking as the forget-me-not seeds it’s still pretty trippy to watch. The interesting thing is that the cells on the inside of the pinecone are actually dead, and the response is purely automatic.

Water Transfer Printing

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This method is also known as hydrographics, and it involves using a thin water soluble film with a layer of ink on top of it. When the film dissolves the ink is left floating, and to transfer the ink you simply dip in whatever you’re trying to cover. It looks really sweet on car parts, especially rims.

Ants Acting As Liquid and Solids

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Ants can group together as a single body, which lets them resist forces that would normally be too much for one ant. They cling onto each other, and by doing this they can safely navigate by acting as a liquid or a solid globule of ant activity.

Divers Upside Down Under The Ice

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These divers accomplished this by fine tuning their tanks so that they floated to the surface of the ice, then they expertly walked upside down. The reason the bubbles appear to be falling is because they’re actually floating!

Exploding Rubber Band Watermelon

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Slowly putting more and more pressure on the outside of a watermelon will make it burst eventually, and apparently this takes about 500 rubber bands to accomplish. If you’ve got the time and the balls this is worth a try!

Slo Mo of Glass Shattering

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This was shot at an astounding 10 million frames per second, and it shows the spider web like cracking of glass as a metal ball hits the surface. Glass is actually very durable, to crush a cube that is 1 cubic centimeter large would require a weight of 10 tons. The tensile strength of glass is very low however, meaning it’s weak when it comes to quick moving blows.

Gladiator Spider

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Most spiders create webs and wait for bugs and food to fall into the trap, but the Gladiator Spider likes to hunt. It uses webs attached to its legs as a net or sorts to trap bugs, and it looks pretty bad ass.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Pendulum


To demonstrate the laws of physics, Neil DeGrasse Tyson made a pendulum. By standing at edge a circle surrounding the fulcrum of the pendulum, Neil  proves that the ball will return to nearly the exact spot after being released. After this the ball would gradually decrease its swing every time due to momentum.