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Alkali Metal Explosions: the
version is quite entertaining, but...
It turns out that they
notes the news releases claiming they admitted this, and he was unable to reproduce these dramatic effects.
On the other hand
, another video,
Alkali Metals: Explosive Reactions
, does demonstrate the increasing reactivity -- using small quantities of the elements -- and a pretty spectacular explosion with Cesium. There are other good videos on the YouTube site as well:
Alkali Metals in Water
Rubidium and Cesium in Water
; (but pay no attention to the Francium Bomb Test in Water -- how ignorant do they think viewers are?).
Disposal of Sodium, 1947
-- before EPA and OSHA -- is pretty impressive.
- I'm dreaming of a white precipitate...?
- Grignard the Beautiful and other all-time favorites!
Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal
- critical investigation of paranormal and fringe-science claims.
Diet Coke + Mentos
- 101 two-liter bottles of Diet Coke + 523 Mentos.
- want to know the frequency of Superman's heat vision or the wavelength of the Death Star laser?
The Elements Song
- Tom Lehrer's classic with a cute animation.
- research that makes people laugh and then think.
Molecules with Silly or Unusual Names
- Caution! Parental discretion advised.
- a frankly bizarre collection of songs whose lyrics have been re-written so as to make them contextually (if not socially) acceptable to sing in a Chemistry Lab.
- not for the weak stomach!
The Facts About Olestra
- the straight poop (pun intended) from the
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Periodic Table According to Organic Chemists
- makes it easier!
- the unusual & unexplained...
Strawberry Pop-Tart Blow-Torches
- do NOT try this at home!
The T.W.I.N.K.I.E.S. Project
- now here's an example of good lab reports!
- free energy, antigravity, telepathy, and so on.
if any of these links don't work.)
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