Is it nice..?

If I had a nerd birthday party this year, I’d want:

Posted in Is it Nice..? by Ade Chong on February 15, 2011

If I had a nerd birthday party this year, I’d want:

1. Gallium

Just so that I can melt it in my hand and play with it without going mental. Or make it into a necklace of sorts.. wldn’t it be cool if it liquifies whenever u wear it?

Gallium is a silvery metal with atomic number 31. Its melting point is only about 30 degrees celcius, so if you hold a solid gallium crystal in your hand, your body heat will cause it to slowly melt into a silvery metallic puddle. Pour it into a dish, and it freezes back into a solid. It’s also awesomely non-toxic, unlike mercury.

2. Aerogel

That’s that tiny wedge below that massive brick. Would love to do some interesting home decorations with that. Or get a massive piece just to park my car on.

Also known as frozen smoke, Aerogel is the world’s lowest density solid, clocking in at 96% air. It’s basically just a gel made from silicon, except all the liquid has been taken out and replaced with gas instead. If you hold a small piece in your hand, it’s practically impossible to either see or feel, but if you poke it, it’s like styrofoam. It supports up to 4,000 times its own weight and can apparently withstand a direct blast from two pounds of dynamite. It’s also the best insulator in existence – it works so well that people were complaining about overheating on Mt. Everest – and even fire can’t get through it.

3. Ferrofluid

Just to do lame shit like this with..

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