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Watch What Happens When Molten Salt Is Dropped In Cold Water

As always, don’t try this at home!

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I’m guessing you’ve already seen that old 1950s video that shows the United States military testing some nuclear bombs in the ocean close to Bikini Atoll. It was such a scary sight to see as the water rose up after the massive explosion rocked its surface.

This crazy experiment by popular YouTuber Backyard Scientist kinda replicates that but in a smaller scale.

Of course, most of us use salt for food seasoning, for cooking, or for food preservation. However, I think it would be safe to say that most of us aren’t aware that this mineral, when molten, can actually explode – like an atomic bomb – when dunked into cold water.

That’s exactly what we see in this footage posted online by Backyard Scientist.

YouTuber Backyard Scientist took some molten salt and then dropped it into cold water.

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As you will see on the video below, the explosion was so strong that it actually shattered the aquarium to pieces!

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Watch the insane science experiment here and see the explosion in slow motion:

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Published on YouTube just last March 7, 2016, the video has already achieved viral status as it quickly racked more than 583,000 views in just 2 days.

Personally, I loved that they used slow motion effects to show us how the molten salt exploded. It really captures the violent impact of the blast.

As always, do not try this at home!

H/T: Science Dump

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Compelling Ad For Earth Hour 2016 Predicts A Hopeful Future And A Better Earth.

This compelling ad campaign depicts that Earth Hour is more than a “lights-off” event.

The world is changing fast and with this comes some disturbing environmental issues like climate change. Aside from its natural causes are those related to human activity. Hence, making us partly responsible for the destruction of our own planet and sadly, we also reap the wrath of nature.

In celebration of the upcoming Earth Hour 2016, Iris Singapore and World Wildlife Fund collaborated to produce one compelling environmental ad campaign with a tagline that says "The Future Starts Today."

The video begins with an old woman in year 2090 narrating every significant year, event and actions taken by humans towards protecting our planet earth until it backtracks to the present (year 2016). Taking its inspiration from Benjamin Button, the video depicts an old woman transforming to her younger self while a footage is being played in reverse. It ends with a powerful message, claiming that 2016 is the year when people make history and take action to "change climate change."

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Awesome Stationary Bike Actually Doubles As A Washing Machine

Now, you can wash your clothes as you exercise.

Clever students from the Dalian Nationalities University in China have designed a very practical equipment that would enable individuals to do two vital tasks simultaneously.

The aptly named BiWa or Bike Washing Machine allows people to have their cardio workout on a stationary bike while they wash their dirty laundry.

The inventors Xuefei Liu, Di Fang, Linhao Su, Zhanbing Li, Xiaoyu Gao Xueyi Wang, Wen Fan, Liying Zhu, Deqian Zhao, Huan Li, Mengmeng Hu, and Weiwei Li ingeniously incorporated the washing machine's drum to the gizmo’s front wheel. Pedaling causes the tub to rotate and produce superfluous electricity. This electricity can then either be used to power the machine’s display screen or just stored for future use.

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This Mega-Machine Absorbs Carbon Dioxide from Air And Can Tranform It Into Gasoline

Keep your fingers crossed.

Imagine a machine that can suck carbon emissions from the air and turn it into gasoline sounds like a pipe dream. But Carbon Engineering, an independent Canadian company based in Calgary, Alberta, is actually working on a huge project - a big-ass machine that can absorb massive amounts of CO2 emissions - we're talking about emissions produced of about 300,000 cars. The company has a prototype machine that is housed at the University of Calgary.

A giant, carbon-sucking machine.

A giant, carbon-sucking machine.

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Here's how it will work. The absorbed CO2 goes into a container, which has two ends. Air flows through the ends while CO2-absorbent liquid is poured in through the top. The liquid and carbon-laced air gather in a device located at the end of the container. Tightly-corrugated PVC sheets in the container helps in converting CO2 into carbonate. The end product is liquid containing carbonate, which will be disposed using proper methods.

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