This is an example of supercooling – the process by which a very pure liquid is chilled to a temperature just below its usual freezing point without actually making the jump to its solid state. Bottled water is perfect for this, especially the kind that’s been purified via reverse osmosis, a process that strips water of all its particulates. This particulates can act as “seed crystals,” or “nuclei,” to which a liquid phase on the cusp of becoming solid can attach, and crystalize around. In this video, a seed crystal is introduced in the form of a cube of already-frozen water. As soon as it’s introduced, the liquid phase rapidly crystallizes and attaches to the solid one, kicking off a chain reaction of ice-formation.
Water that freezes as it’s being poured out of the bottle also solidifies upon exposure to a seed crystal, which, in this case, is an already-frozen surface. This is similar to the effect observed when freezing rain, supercooled by its flightpath through sub-freezing layers of atmosphere, comes into contact with an object cooled to a temperature below freezing. The result is a phenomenon known as glaze-ice, which – if you live somewhere cold – you may have seen before, coating the spindly extremities of tree branches.
Learned about this chemistry. So cool!
Chromatic Typewriter Prints
Tyree Callahan has recycled (or upcycled, perhaps) a classic 1937 Underwood typewriter by replacing letters with sponges soaked across the spectrum with bright yellows, reds, blues and combinations thereof.
I want to use this and write a story with it and see what picture comes out.
this is gorgeous
Bevshots are photographs of alcohol under a microscope. These high-quality photographs of your favorite beers, wines, cocktails, liquors, and mixers were taken after they were crytallized on a slide and shot under a polarized light microscope. As the light refracts through the beverage crystals, the resulting photos feature naturally magnificent colors and composition.
“Haven’t you heard of that madman, who on a bright morning day lit a lantern, ran into the marketplace, and screamed incessantly: ‘I am looking for God! I am looking for God!’ …’Where has God gone?’ he cried. ‘I will tell you! We have killed him. You and I!…What were we doing when we unchained this earth from its sun? Where is it going now? Where are we going? Away from all the suns? Aren’t we ceaselessly falling? Backward, sideways, forward, in all directions? Is there an up or a down at all? Aren’t we just roaming through an infinite nothing? Don’t you feel the breath of this empty space?…God is dead! God will stay dead! And we have killed him!’”
“Everyone should find God’s voice, and follow it.”
“How do you tell the difference between God’s voice and your own?”
“Practice meditating everyday. You’ll realize that there’s a silence underlying everything. That’s where God lies.”
“Seems like it’d be tough to listen to a silent voice.”
“That’s why you need to practice meditating.”