Phenomena

Hydrophobia

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Hydrophobic literally means water-fearing, and, once a surface is treated with a hydrophobic coating, the effect on water droplets is stark. The tendency of the non-polar hydrophobic molecules to repel the polar water molecules leads to high contact angles – which make the droplets almost spherical as they glide along the surface. The droplets dance across the surface, colliding and bouncing and coalescing.  (Video and submission credit: M. Bell)

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