Why Do These Liquids Look Alive?

  • Опубликовано: 15 мар 2016
  • Why do droplets of food coloring attract, repel, and chase each other?
    Snatoms molecular models: igg.me/at/snatoms
    More about this topic: wke.lt/w/s/VRjRQ
    Original paper on droplets: stanford.edu/~manup/docs/Cira_DancingDroplets.pdf
    Marangoni Flow: web.mit.edu/2.21/www/Lec-notes/Surfacetension/Lecture4.pdf
    Surface Energy: itf.fys.kuleuven.be/~joi/papers/Wetting%20and%20spreading.pdf
    Filming and master pipetting by Raquel Nuno
    Research and writing by Aaron White

Комментарии • 1 844

  • Grandfather_Din_Racket
    Grandfather_Din_Racket 5 дней назад

    Like a molecular version of Conway's "Game of Life" Cellular Automata. People who like this will really like the Wolfram Language's cellular automata-programming feature.

  • Jacob Hempel
    Jacob Hempel 9 дней назад

    What was the purpose of letting the microscope slide cool before placing the water drops on it?

  • Leia the cat
    Leia the cat 29 дней назад

    This reminds me of agario

    KWEBBLASTER 12 Месяц назад


  • KingNoobissis
    KingNoobissis 2 месяца назад


  • rcknroll35
    rcknroll35 3 месяца назад

    this. is. FASCINATING

  • Thomas Richter
    Thomas Richter 4 месяца назад

    Or, you could use a drop of water in a hot frying pan and watch it jump arround like its alive.

  • AstarOfDavid
    AstarOfDavid 4 месяца назад

    Have you tried another source of flame? Gas stoves tend to leave a film/residue on objects that come into contact with them.
    So perhaps the glass slides only work after being heated over your gas stove because there is a thin layer of petroleum & or carbon left behind?
    I don't think gas burns as clean as people are lead to believe. I've seen construction workers toast bread with gas blow torches & always wondered how they could eat the toast afterwords as it smells and tastes like gas/exhaust to me (not good for health). Even using a propane gas stove seems to leave a burned gas smell/taste (Though they do add scent to various gases so you can smell if there is a leak - so perhaps that's part of what the residue/smell/taste is that is left behind on toast pots etc).

  • Hariesh
    Hariesh 4 месяца назад

    what is the music?
    it sounds so good

  • Nathan Ezra
    Nathan Ezra 5 месяцев назад +1

    Boooooooooooom!!!! Mind blown....

  • VitaliUS EN
    VitaliUS EN 5 месяцев назад


  • Astronauta Verdadeiro
    Astronauta Verdadeiro 5 месяцев назад

    What is that music from 0:30?

  • varad patil
    varad patil 5 месяцев назад

    What will happen if we perform the same experiment in vacuum?

  • un lince cosmico
    un lince cosmico 6 месяцев назад

    the drop chasing the other drop looks like me chasing my dreams or the girl i like running away from me

  • EverFuryRaptor
    EverFuryRaptor 7 месяцев назад

    I can finally play god.... MUHUAHAHAHAHHA

  • Nour Al deen
    Nour Al deen 7 месяцев назад

    there is no selection before life

  • Suwin Khamchaiwong
    Suwin Khamchaiwong 8 месяцев назад +1

    when he said "dab of soup", I dabbed


    • Suwin Khamchaiwong
      Suwin Khamchaiwong 4 месяца назад

      Black I’m in Logang

    • Rocky
      Rocky 7 месяцев назад

      Jake paulers shouldnt be on here

  • Mikkel Youreallydontwanttoknow
    Mikkel Youreallydontwanttoknow 9 месяцев назад

    This video went way above my head, but I'm hella high, so maybe that explains it

  • FlarbaGlarb
    FlarbaGlarb 9 месяцев назад

    What's to say that it isn't life? What really defines life? They seem to work just like life, the similar concentrations being species, energy passing between things, coming together to create new little growing droplets? If a system is complex enough, does that make it life? When does it become life? Where is the border? Maybe I think that is complex and miraculous enough to be called life.

  • Stephen Sisino
    Stephen Sisino 10 месяцев назад

    Look Mom, Quantum Computing.

  • Mekratrig
    Mekratrig 10 месяцев назад

    Erich, you need to get pyrex glass sliders.

  • IceShard
    IceShard 10 месяцев назад

    3:28 its art *o*

  • Vesperon
    Vesperon 11 месяцев назад

    the slow camera pull in at the end was a nice touch, for a one man show

  • Pipers' Domain
    Pipers' Domain 11 месяцев назад

    And I thought that it all began by god's index finger..

  • Daniel Mbaabu
    Daniel Mbaabu 11 месяцев назад

    thank you for blowing my mind.

  • MrReierz
    MrReierz 11 месяцев назад

    This is nothing like life. You constantly need to add energy to the system to make it work. If you didnt the system would reach equilbrium pretty fast. Your system is seeking out its lowest state. Cells do the opposite, they constantly seeks out a higher state, its fighting its equilbrium, because its certain death. They achive this by using energy from its surroundings to do work. Your system is opposite, its doing what chemical evolutionists is trying to avoid, death.

  • Francosteiner
    Francosteiner 11 месяцев назад

    meanwhile im here doing push and situp because im getting old and fat, what are you doing with your lifes right now?

  • hiroshi iomori
    hiroshi iomori 11 месяцев назад

    That's pretty much my highschool

  • its ok
    its ok 11 месяцев назад +1

    how about hot water and cold water do they act different

  • MegaSancho1990
    MegaSancho1990 11 месяцев назад

    so do we have free will then?

  • W Dora
    W Dora 11 месяцев назад

    i will love physic if you are my teacher... super amazing demo

  • M M
    M M 11 месяцев назад


  • unlokia
    unlokia 11 месяцев назад

    Just dropped in to say hello :-)

  • derci ferreira
    derci ferreira Год назад

    this proves also life arose spontaneously.

  • Saffreuge
    Saffreuge Год назад

    Veritasium confirmed creator of agar.io

  • CJ Hapich
    CJ Hapich Год назад

    hell yeah

  • Miles G.
    Miles G. Год назад

    everything is alive, debatably

  • m m
    m m Год назад

    a DAB of soap

  • SadizChezXx
    SadizChezXx Год назад

    1:13 lol


    Black: Come here my dear ✓
    Black: COME BACK HERE✓

  • McRibs
    McRibs Год назад

    Food coloring is the mixture of water and crippling depression

  • Ryan Hickey
    Ryan Hickey Год назад

    I'd love to meet up with you and go on these journeys learning all these different cool things

    VIGNX4GQ Год назад


  • CiottiFPV
    CiottiFPV Год назад

    Did that slide break at the end because the metal grate was pulling heat away from it on either end where it was touching faster than in the middle?

  • Szobiz
    Szobiz Год назад

    que falta do que fazer adoravel

  • Filydjefncf
    Filydjefncf Год назад


  • server075
    server075 Год назад

    wanna seem smart say, that survive tensions is (like) dark energy on the fabric of space.

  • Torren Ptz
    Torren Ptz Год назад

    Mind = Blown

  • Rafeeky
    Rafeeky Год назад


  • Terry Karmeko
    Terry Karmeko Год назад

    eventually everything became black! the black color is more dominant so stop breeding with different color or white will go extinct XD

  • Snatch Pro
    Snatch Pro Год назад

    Didn't the Bible explain all of this? Lol.

  • SuperIronGolem
    SuperIronGolem Год назад

    Agar.io in real life!

  • Rio Nevin
    Rio Nevin Год назад

    now i really want a micropipette :c

  • Fabio Ziliani
    Fabio Ziliani Год назад

    Please, put something in your kitchen.

  • Guenevere Schwien
    Guenevere Schwien Год назад

    Very nice might be inspiring me to do some watercolor paintings.

  • Arbitrary Edits
    Arbitrary Edits Год назад

    Hey, this sounds like paulsoarsejr music.

  • asailijhijr
    asailijhijr Год назад

    You're conflating evolution with abiogenesis.

  • Doges are awesome
    Doges are awesome Год назад

    This is How Agar.io Was made.

  • choose4me
    choose4me Год назад

    Agar.io origins... loved it ^^

  • K
    K Год назад

    oh god 666.085 views

  • Cancer Senpai
    Cancer Senpai Год назад

    and thus agar.io was born.

  • Quenton Wong
    Quenton Wong Год назад

    Would you believe that is God that created the WORLD through EVOLUTION ?

    REJITH KUMAR Год назад +1

    Dear Derek I'm a really big fan of you and I'm 13 years old. I just wanted to know that are the information in these videos are really authentic. Pls answer to this question. A humble request

  • Kevin Chiem
    Kevin Chiem Год назад


  • Baterodalo
    Baterodalo Год назад

    When you can explain life using food cooloring you deserv a nobel prize
    now explain the 42 using bananas pls

  • Vipelierre Serpifeu
    Vipelierre Serpifeu Год назад

    Even liquids are racist

  • iTacolot
    iTacolot Год назад

    it looks like agar.io

  • Victor Oliva
    Victor Oliva Год назад

    One question: How is the global moment of the system conserved when one drop chases the other? Doesn't it break the law about thermldynamics? Where does the energy of that motion come from? temperature? so it cools down?

    • Victor Oliva
      Victor Oliva Год назад

      +Mateus Dias Ribeiro Thanks for the explanation, perfectly makes sense! :D

    • Mateus Dias Ribeiro
      Mateus Dias Ribeiro Год назад +1

      Victor Oliva The higher concentration drop chases the lower concentration drop because the former evaporates quicker at it's side than the latter. This creates a gradient of vapour concentration and density that decreases along the higher-lower concentration drop direction. So, as there is a disequilibrium of the quantity of vapour molecules from one side in comparison to the other, the side with more molecules in it will push the other side with fewer molecules. The momentum is perfectly conserved because it is a multiphase flow. The extra momentum for this dynamics comes from the molecules in the vapour phase that were stuck in the liquid phase prior to evaporation! The laws of thermodynamics aren't broken as well, the heat evaporates the drops and it happens naturally faster at the spot of surface of the higher concentration drop that is away from the other drop.

  • Igo Tiebosch
    Igo Tiebosch Год назад +1

    real life agar.io anyone?

  • Marcus Gosselin
    Marcus Gosselin Год назад

    is that the sims 3 soundtrack?

  • Timothy Chapman
    Timothy Chapman Год назад +2

    There's a slight problem with that last part: Life only deteriorates into extinction. It is mathematically and scientifically impossible for it to happen the other way around. Describing life solely in terms of its chemical properties is like describing a computer solely in terms of its electrical properties. Just like how most of how a computer works is *conceptual* in nature, so is most of how life works *conceptual* in nature. And just as how electricity is our method of realizing the concept of computing, so chemistry is the method of realizing the concept of life. Concepts require a mind that is both capable of creating them and realizing them.

  • BetaAsPhuck
    BetaAsPhuck Год назад

    Fakin' agar.io right there

  • Baghuul
    Baghuul Год назад

    I can see some idiot new age brain dead moron write a book on how drops of water are alive and can feel. ohh wait...

  • CorpseTongji
    CorpseTongji Год назад

    they made a movie about agario ?????

  • KeyAtoms
    KeyAtoms Год назад

    you said dish soap has a lower surface tension than water. I'd love to see a video on fluids and diff surface tensions.
    obviously falling into water from a distance can be fatal, but with a different fluid could you be completely fine?

  • thistubeisfucked
    thistubeisfucked Год назад

    Don't trust the rabbit 0:30

  • TheRcManiac77
    TheRcManiac77 Год назад

    this is so amazing derek!

  • ben cuffe
    ben cuffe Год назад


  • joe shmo
    joe shmo Год назад


  • Haku0705
    Haku0705 Год назад +2

    I love your work, every time, Derk of Vertiblastium.

  • eat die
    eat die Год назад

    i love that word...

  • Edward S.
    Edward S. 2 года назад

    Diffusion? Active transport?

  • Ectos
    Ectos 2 года назад

    yay new agar.io

  • Retarded Ass Person
    Retarded Ass Person 2 года назад

    Goddamn you are smart

  • Cherry Boy
    Cherry Boy 2 года назад

    looks like agario

  • Crippling Depression
    Crippling Depression 2 года назад

    Agar.io in real life

  • Shen Zhou
    Shen Zhou 2 года назад

    i wonder what will happen if you manage to make membranes for different droplets

  • Davide Ariel Rossolato
    Davide Ariel Rossolato 2 года назад

    i'm gonna build a machine which uses this principle to carry me to school

  • Milind da shinobi
    Milind da shinobi 2 года назад

    I want to know what music that is

  • Shalva Qutelia
    Shalva Qutelia 2 года назад

    But a religious person would still never believe life could appear by itself^^

    • Shalva Qutelia
      Shalva Qutelia Год назад

      ... so, anyways, why the world-famous mutual animosity?

    • Gertrude Toucheatonq
      Gertrude Toucheatonq Год назад

      Sure, never said it is perfect, nor even good, just better than the U.S. on certain points.

    • Shalva Qutelia
      Shalva Qutelia Год назад

      I can tell that you are angry, why you're angry and I like how you structurally channel it into accusations, as opposed to direct negativity, (I did the same thing) however, it is worth noting, they are misguided, for I'm not from the U.S. and I've been to France only one time. America is a bunch of retards alright, but France's current political situation also isn't that great.

    • Gertrude Toucheatonq
      Gertrude Toucheatonq Год назад

      I'm French, and there is less religious lobbying here, so people can actually get a piece of information about science once in a while. You should get rid of your current government, and try to enforce laws about the separation of education, governement and religion. It works. We (kind of) done it centuries ago, and now we look at America as an autistic child with nuclear bombs greatly due to your bindings with religion.

    • Shalva Qutelia
      Shalva Qutelia Год назад

      Nothing will, much like the way it is with 99% of the population that have a hard time accepting this concept, with the implication of making it hard for me not to want to manually force it into their heads.

  • PreCore
    PreCore 2 года назад


    JUST ME???

  • Luhmero
    Luhmero 2 года назад

    agar.io in a nutshell

  • YA BOI R3M1X
    YA BOI R3M1X 2 года назад

    this is called agar and thats how agar.io is named

  • Joseph Stalin
    Joseph Stalin 2 года назад


  • elek tolman
    elek tolman 2 года назад

    have you ever experienced an exploding casserole? next time you heat up any glass place it on a pre heated surface or wood. something that doesn't transfer heat as fast. it'll keep the breaks down.

  • Pat rick
    Pat rick 2 года назад

    I guess most people here think the video is good but does anyone think it's boring?

  • Φίλιππος Κ
    Φίλιππος Κ 2 года назад

    Have you been playing Agar.io?

  • LordScrubMaker TheSecond
    LordScrubMaker TheSecond 2 года назад

    Agar.io confirmed

  • Ykeir
    Ykeir 2 года назад

    the language and description is so poor when describing so many mechanisms that r happening at the same time. There should be better way of learning

  • Pratham .P
    Pratham .P 2 года назад +41

    Me trying to make friends

  • fla playa
    fla playa 2 года назад

    303 people haven't popped marijuana and drank molly's.