Seriously though, what could be cooler than watching a video about lasers and blowing up things (in this case balloons)? Well, how about lasers, balloons, explosions, and a little science to go along with it.
So…what if you pointed a powerful red laser at a red balloon…would the balloon explode? What about a blue balloon?
…the answer may surprise you…
Watch it and find out!
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They look like cotton candy or some microbes you don’t want anywhere near you. (I’m a bit touchy on that issue having just watched Contagion over the weekend.)
Huh, the article says that the material bursting from the balloon is milk. This is interesting/makes sense to me because I once remember watching the behind-the-scenes info at the end of our Bambi videocassette (that’s right) and learned that the animators studied milk instead of water because milk is more opaque and monochromatic, making it easier to render the shape of splashing liquid than highly reflective and transparent water.
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