Science Wednesday: Using Nanotubes to Make Water Act like Flubber

by Katie Bowell, Curator of Cultural Interpretation

Remember when we showed you how to cornstarch combined with water creates a non-Newtonian fluid that acts a lot like Flubber? Well, it turns out that’s not the only way to get the “Flubber” effect. Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have figured out how to make water bounce, hop, break and merge. You just need a superhydrophobic carbon nanotube surface and a microscope to see it. Now why didn’t we think of that?

And for those of you (including me) who needed a short introduction to the world of nanotechnology, I’ve always found that singing puppets put everything into perspective.

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