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What Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Looks Like

At extremes of temperature and pressure above a substance's so-called "critical point," the distinction between liquid and gas phases of that substance stops being meaningful, and the substance enters a homogeneous "supercritical" phase. For many substances, supercritical temperatures and pressures are difficult to achieve, and that's doubly true if you're... Read more »

Thermite BBQ

"I ignited four pounds of thermite made with aluminum / iron (III) oxide in a flower pot. The thermite reaction quickly formed liquid iron which dripped down out of the pot, and into a ceramic pan. I put a beef kebab directly onto the liquid iron, which cooked the food... Read more »

DIY Scanning Electron Microscope

We’ve covered Ben Krasnow’s awesome work here before. At last year’s Maker Faire, he showed off his liquid nitrogen generator (for which he won at least one Editor’s Blue Ribbon). Now he’s posted to his blog this latest project, a working DIY scanning electron microscope! It’s been months of work... Read more »

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