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 …
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