Pouring beer on a frying pan creates amoebic alien goop

What happens when you pour beer onto a frying pan? It boils and evaporates, right? Not exactly. The beer sort of turns into this goopy blob that looks like some alien amoeba. Look at it go and tell me you're not going to do this the next time you're drunk (don't do this while you're drunk). » 1/29/14 9:05pm 1/29/14 9:05pm

Watch Super-Heated Water Droplets Navigate a Maze All On Their Own

When a drop of water hits a hot enough pan, it doesn't instantly boil away. Instead, the drop's outer layer vaporizes, producing an insulating effect that causes it to skitter across the hot surface. This is known as the Leidenfrost effect, and it can be harnessed for some neat tricks, like the Mythbusters being able… » 9/30/13 9:35am 9/30/13 9:35am

Hot Bodies (Ship Bodies, That Is) Make Vessels Slice Through Water With…

It'd be great if the Australian university's research in this field could also be applied to human bodies, so we could shave a few important seconds from our lap-times just by raising our temperatures. » 6/08/11 11:40am 6/08/11 11:40am

This Is What Happens When Water Hits a Hot Pan at 3000 Frames Per Second

Back in the 18th century, a German doctor called Johann Gottlob Leidenfrost described how water behaves when it hits a mass considerably hotter than its boiling point. But first, watch the 3000-frames-per-second video and see if you can realize what's happening. » 1/12/11 2:00pm 1/12/11 2:00pm

How Did This Guy Not Freeze His Hand Off in a Jar of Liquid Nitrogen?

File this under don't try at home, but there is a safe and painless way to dip your hand into liquid nitrogen. The secret? The Leidenfrost effect, which briefly shields your hand from -320° temps with a layer of bubbles. » 8/30/10 4:00pm 8/30/10 4:00pm