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  1. #1 Tony P
    March 5, 2008

    Yes, I’ve seen many Brainiac clips on YouTube and this is one of my favorites. The other is the video experiment they do where one person is dressed in a bee suit and they go through the exchange experiment in realtime. Then they slow it down so you can actually see the bee enter the frame. Too funny.

  2. #2 Uncle Vinny
    March 5, 2008

    Don’t you find “science” shows like this kind of ridiculous, though? Would it kill them to take 30 seconds out of the schedule to describe the weight of the two samples, or (more fun) do 3 different iterations: one with a lot more liquid nitrogen, and one where they were evenly matched? I know people just like to watch stuff explode… but it seems like they’re missing so many teachable moments.

  3. #3 Coturnix
    March 5, 2008

    Interesting – that was my exact thought when I watched this: what is the explanation for what we saw and would a much larger quantity of liquid nitrogen actually be able to survive, if not extinguish, the heat of the moment.

  4. #4 rpsms
    March 7, 2008

    This is neat. Beware, however, of brainiac. they have been caught several times faking experiments: IIRC they did a demo of cesium and water and they didn’t get a spectacular shot, so they blew it up with c4 or similar.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2006/jul/15/badscience.uknews

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