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8-21-08 Cornstarch, Oobleck and the Japanese

Posted by Sean on August 21, 2008

Well, we’ve done Lovecraftian horrors and non-Euclidean geometry. The only logical place to go from there is non-Newtonian fluids.

And if you really do think that’s logical, then I recommend professional help.

What’s a non-Newtonian fluid? Why, it’s a fluid that’s not Newtonian. Silly boy. But if you need a technical explanation from someone who actually knows what he’s talking about (picky picky), you can get it here. Sheesh.

This is the video that got me going on non-Newtonian fluids. It’s nothing more than cornstarch and water in a vibrating container. The vibrations increase the mixture’s viscosity and inject a little kinetic energy, allowing it to act like a soft solid or, near the end, move like it’s alive. I saw this video on MySpace a few days ago and, luckily, found it on YouTube, too.

Courtesy of HoustonEuph, who is quick to point out that he/she/it/they had nothing to do with the creation of this film.

What can you do with a non-Newtonian fluid? Well, for one, you can call it oobleck, put a pan of it on a subwoofer and proceed to creep the hell out of people, as the aptly-named sssssssshurikkkkkkkk did. Talk about Lovecraftian… eeeeewwwwww. Watch how the fragments pop and hop on the pan like water droplets in a hot frying pan.

Or, if you’re a ninja, you can dump a couple hundred tons of cornstarch into a river and use your mad ninja skeelz to run across the surface! And create an environmental catastrophe on the scale of California’s New River! Adam from Mythbusters demonstrates.

Courtesy of Frogfucius.

However, since there aren’t any ninjas around nowadays, the duty falls to Japanese TV, with predictable results.

Courtesy of gizmobozz.


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