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Crazy Video: Super-Hydrophobic Substances

Chris Higgins

Today's weird science: Dr. Neil Shirtcliffe shows off substances that repel water in very surprising ways. It's a little hard to describe -- basically, imagine a coating that prevents water from adhering to something. And I mean water will not stick at all. Now put that coating on glass, and on a piece of rough material (like a rough version of Teflon). Now start squirting water on those coated substances and submerging them -- and watch as very weird stuff happens. Check out the nerdy goodness:

Read more about hydrophobes from Wikipedia.