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Glow-Stick Ferrofluids

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Ferrofluids create all kinds of fascinating shapes when exposed to magnetic fields. In this video, Dianna from Physics Girl shows off what happens when you combine a ferrofluid with glowsticks and explains how ferrofluids get some of their unique properties. Ferrofluids consist of tiny nanoparticles of magnetic material that are surrounded by surfactants and suspended in a carrier fluid. This creates a fluid whose shape depends on gravity, surface tension, and the local magnetic field. By manipulating the relative strength of these forces, you can create everything from spikes to maze-like patterns to whatever this is. (Video credit and submission: Physics Girl)

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