Gigglebit: 10 awesome explosive chemical reactions gifs

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Gigglebit is Siliconrepublic’s daily dose of the funny and fantastic in science and tech, to help start your day on a lighter note.

The next time someone tries to claim that science isn’t interesting and just for nerds, why not show them this collection of some of the most explosive and cool chemical reactions that you would never have done in science class in a million years.

Of course, not all chemical reactions need to be explosive for them to be cool, as there are a number of examples in science that appear to defy the laws of physics as the combination of two chemicals causes them to expand or contract at a phenomenal rate ie powdered sugar mixed with most physical objects’ biggest enemy, sulphuric acid.

All of these suggestions are courtesy of the guys over at Reddit, particularly the amazing subreddit /chemicalreactiongifs.

1. Zinc bar in lead diacetate solution

Zinc-bar-in-lead-diacetate-solution

2. Manganese oxide and acetone

Manganese oxide + acetone

3. Highly magnetic ferrofluid

Ferrofluid

4. CD in a microwave

CD-in-a-microwave

5. Burning steel

Burning-steel

6. CoCl2 in Na2SiO3 Solution

CoCl2-in-Na2SiO3-Solution

7. Lighting a matchstick

Matchstick-lighting

8. A block of burning magnesium

Block-of-burning-magnesium

9. Blood mixed with hydrogen peroxide

Blood-and-hydrogen-peroxide

10. Rubidium dropped into water

Rubidium-in-water

Mad scientist image via Shutterstock

Colm Gorey is a journalist with Siliconrepublic.com

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