Science Week: The Disappearing Spoon

Woo!!  Kicking off this event with one of the coolest metals ever: Gallium.

Gallium is a soft silver metal that melts above 85 degrees F (30 degrees C).  That’s right, this metal will literally turn from solid to liquid in the palm of your hand!

It just so happens that a few weeks ago, Jim surprised me with a little bubble mailer shipped from France.  A package?  For me??  I had no idea what it could be.  I carefully opened the mailer to reveal a small bag containing a half gram of gallium to call my very own!!  (Some women are happy with gifts of chocolate and jewelry, I’m easily pleased with a tiny bit of metal …)

I immediately began to test its melting properties by dipping the bag in a cup of hot water:

Needless to say this totally made my week (okay, probably my month).

I know it’s difficult for you to see this transformation via photos, so here is a cool 1-minute video to give you a better idea of what’s going on:

So awesome.  I love it!

Meet me back here tomorrow to learn how architectural design and chemical structure come together in the naming of the buckminsterfullerene

P.S. Want to participate in Science Week with a nerd-a-licious post of your own?  Click here to find out how!

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