1) I need a creative outlet for my inner, hands-on geek (since I don't work in a lab anymore).
2) I am secretly jealous every year when I buy sciencey toys as gifts for my nieces and nephews every year.
3) It is a reaction to this whole aging business.
Regardless of the root cause(s), sometimes you just have to look yourself in the eye and say,
"I need to buy that packet of Grow Snow hanging from a display in the grocery store cereal aisle. Better yet, make it two packets...for my sanity."
"And now I need to play with it."
With that said, please enjoy the fruits of my self-indulgence...
Fun with super absorbent polymer from Timothy Oleson on Vimeo.
Lest you think this post has zero educational value, though, here’s a quick experiment:
Super absorbent polymer quickie experiment from Timothy Oleson on Vimeo.
(Note that the "calculations" in this video are all volumetric and very approximate.)
Madison, WI tap water
In case you're wondering, SAP is...
Lastly, a gallery from my adventure with the super absorbent polymer sodium polyacrylate:
|Missing a couple Olympic rings|
|Psychedelic fried egg|