An Engineer Makes Water Droplets Dance on a Flat Surface

This is how you can get water droplets to form crystal-like spinning patterns at home.
Derya Ozdemir

YouTuber The Action Lab, who's become a household name for conducting the coolest science experiments, is back with another video where he delves into shallow waters. In this experiment, he shows off how you can get water droplets to form crystal-like spinning patterns, demonstrating how any water droplet can move when it's on the right dance floor.

At the beginning of the video, James Orgill of the channel explains that he once read a research paper in which scientists were able to make water spin extremely fast by dropping it on a super hydrophobic surface that was graced with a unique pattern. With this method, the researchers successfully "tricked" the water droplets into spinning at high speeds. Inspired by this fun paper, Orgill wanted to find a way to effectively mimic that experiment, but with simple, everyday materials you can find at home. If you're curious to see the water droplets in action and how he managed to pull it off with basic materials, make sure you watch the video above. And, as always, enjoy.


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