Getting that last bit of shampoo or detergent out of a bottle is a total pain in the ass. Researchers have now engineered a surface coating that allows thick and soapy products to slide right out—meaning you’ll never have to store your shampoo bottle upside down ever again.
If the waterlily beetle were the size of a human, it would fly along the surface of a pond at 500 kilometers an hour. Then again, if a waterlily beetle were human, it wouldn’t fly at all. The beetle is subject to, and able to take advantage of, forces we don’t even notice—and when scientists did notice, they realized…
When you see a droplet resting on a counter or coalescing around a thread, you don’t generally think of it as a coiled spring, but under the right circumstances that’s what it is. In this video, we can see how the spring releases.
Researchers from South Korea have created a robotic insect that’s capable of jumping and landing on an aquatic surface, a unique mode of transportation found only in specialized animals.
Oil in the ocean is a sensitive subject these days, but in the late 1800s, steam ships had stocks of oil specifically set aside to dump in the ocean. This may have saved people's lives. We'll tell you why.
Ever wonder what makes water dance around your windshield the way it does? It's all a matter of surface tension: a simple set of rules that makes science sometimes look like art.
This droplet of water describes a near-perfect sphere. It does this because the surface of the leaf does not allow for a lot of wetting.
This amazing image of a daisy shows the blossom, and a group of dry insects, below the water level. It's a striking image of the power of surface tension.
And now you can, too! FYFD explains the physics behind this mesmerizing clip, which comes by way of Kahp-Yang Suh of Seoul National university in South Korea.
This is just excellent. ISS Commander Chris Hadfield was recently asked by high school students Kendra Lemke and Meredith Faulkner to demonstrate what happens when you wring out a waterlogged washcloth in space.
We say "almost," because like many of the bets in Richard Wiseman's earlier bar-trick videos, a few of these are liable to get you punched in the face. (I'm looking at you, #4. Ten to ten? Really?)
This is fantastic. In this video, we see slow-motion video of water droplets falling on a dusty surface. Because the dust is made up of a special metamaterial, the drops become locked into different shapes as they bounce.
Missing the olympics? Trapped in the office dying to dive in a pool or the sea? Love physics? If the answer is yes to any or all of this questions, you will love this amazing image of a swimmer about to break out of the water. Expand for gorgeous detail.
We assume that snakes kill with venom shot through their fangs, injection style. In fact, most snakes leak poison very slowly. Oddly this technique works quite well, and you can figure out why by considering the physics of ketchup in a bottle.
Scribbling on a steamed-up mirror can be a fun way to give one's reflection a mustache after a warm shower or leave death threats in horror movies. But what's the science behind it?
Here's an easy experiment with pepper and soap that allows you to see surface tension - and its destruction.
A working knowledge of surface tension allows you to shove a skewer through a balloon without popping it and a pencil through a plastic bag full of water without spilling. Make your nieces and nephews think you're cool.