A couple of weeks ago I found a very cathartic video of water splashes in slow motion, so it was with great joy that I discovered this video from Modernist Cuisine of gelatin cubes being dropped onto a solid surface at 6200 frames per second.
I’m not going to pretend that I remember enough about my high school physics to speak intelligently about the difference between centrifugal and centripetal forces, but I do know a good piece of teachable media when I see it. When you introduce a brick to a front-loading washing machine spinning at several hundred RPMs, you get something both destructive and magical.
If you’re the type of geek that stays current on scientific news out of MIT, this is not new for you. For everyone else, the MIT-developed camera that can capture up to one trillion frames a second (yes, that’s a “T”) is mind boggling, yet conceptually clear. In existence for a few years, the Photon Camera is not only quick enough to capture light waves as they travel through space, but it can also see around corners by capturing bouncing light. I was reminded of just how amazing technology like this is when a old 2013 Youtube video from Nova made it’s way across my Twitter feed yesterday.