A science experiment on Youtube has people rolling over laughing and getting into equally heated discussions over the chemical reactions.
The controversial clip uploaded by Youtube chemist NileRed, runs close to 9 minutes and has garnered nearly 5 million views in just under 6 months. But it’s what happens after he pours the liquid mercury in the aluminum crater that has people cracking silly jokes and expressing heartfelt concerns.
When these two chemicals meet they go through a process called amalgamation — which produces a substance called amalgam, a term for various substances that react with mercury.
None react quite like this though.
NileRed explains: “Aluminum is normally protected by a thick oxide layer, but the formation of the amalgam disrupts it. It allows fresh aluminum to react with air to form white aluminum oxide. As the oxide grows, it forms as these cool white fibers.”
In other words, when the mercury reacts to the aluminum it starts growing ‘tiny hairs’, then sprouts up to form a towering, fragile, statue of white aluminum amalgam.
The 4-hour process was captured in a perfectly produced time lapse.
The experiment received mixed reactions from netizens.
One man on Youtube joked: “Now if a FACE comes out of the strands, I am running away.”
Another commented: “Mix mercury + aluminum, grow a chia pet.”
But others expressed growing concerns that the presence of mercury and aluminum in many vaccines are harmful to the human body.
Don’t try this at home, or at all, unless you have the proper training. Mercury wreaks havoc on a human’s nervous system. Typically, mercury gets into someone’s system when they inadvertently inhale it’s fumes. The vapors are poisonous and are easily transported to the brain via the circulatory system.
Be safe out there.
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