Hot German Science

Our colleagues over at scienceblogs.com of Germany have a new cool video. My German is rusty but let me try to translate:

If you mix warm and cold (liquid or gas) you get a temperature that is in between. But what if the “warm” is burning thermite (at thousands of degrees C) and the cold is liquid N, at hundreds of degrees below zero?

What happens is that the temperature difference is just too high so that one can not be sure what to expect. And then my translation kind of trails off, but if you look at the video, I think what happens is that the liquid nitrogen is transferred into an alternative dimension or possibly a different universe.

I might have that wrong, but it is a cool video. Here.

Comments

  1. #1 Odysseus
    March 5, 2008

    Actually, the sentence about the temperature difference translates to something like: “What else could you expect? The temperature difference is simply too high.” It continues: “Would anyone like to calculate how much N it would take for a draw?”
    Cool video, however. Somehow ironic that I need an English-speaking blog to direct me to a page in my mother tongue.

  2. #2 Eamon Knight
    March 5, 2008

    Not all that interesting from a scientific POV — but very satsifying for the Stuff Going Kablooie factor (as are several of the other videos on that YouTube. Recommended viewing: Alkali Metals).

  3. #3 the real cmf
    March 5, 2008

    I’m with this guy “wir haben das wohl beide bei Wired gefunden.”
    Danzig, mein Krauten es ein sheiter….

  4. #4 the real cmf
    March 5, 2008

    *das sheisser

  5. #5 decrepitoldfool
    March 5, 2008

    Here’s an English version: Fun With Thermite

    “Adding something cold to Thermite won’t cancel it out; it just makes it angry!”

  6. #6 Uncle Vinny
    March 5, 2008

    Ugh, I was just complaining about this video over here: http://scienceblogs.com/clock/2008/03/superhot_beats_supercold_in_a.php
    :-D