Giant Koosh Ball vs. Liquid Nitrogen

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YouTube / Jefferson Lab

The Koosh ball turns 25 this year. So what happens if you take a giant Koosh ball* and pour liquid nitrogen all over it? Fortunately, a physics lab sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (I'm not kidding, it's actually awesome) answers these questions for us:

If you, like me, wondered, "Hey, what's up with them dumping out all that liquid nitrogen at the end?" there's also a video explanation of that! Stick around until 0:53 to see what happens on a smooth surface rather than a carpet:

* = I'm not entirely sure this is a real-deal Koosh ball; it may be a knockoff "puff ball" or some such. Still -- close enough, right?

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October 27, 2013 - 9:00am
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