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Chemical reactions have never looked this beautiful

Remember back in high school, when you had to learn about chemical reactions? That was a dark time for all of us. We're still not precisely sure how all of it even works.

If only our teachers had this video to spice up their monotone lectures about compounds and molecules and [other science words]. It takes something that can feel theoretical or difficult to understand and makes it concrete and perceptible. It might even make you want to learn how these chemicals interact and create the world we see around us.

The video, made by Yan Liang, Ph.D., for, shows exactly what happens when chemicals react with each other. The reactions are magnified and slowed down so their beautiful interactions can be seen by the human eye. Science is cool, but we like when it's gorgeous, too.

(H/t Digg)

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