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March 4 2012 1 04 /03 /March /2012 02:52

Sometime in the past I passed 50 volts of electricity through a thin piece of zinc. The hot arc melted and boiled the zinc, sending molten zinc everywhere. Once the zinc even ignited and burned with its characteristic blue-green flame. One piece of molten zinc landed on my brother's hand and was captured by this still image from a video. Soon after he says "ouch". The piece of zinc is between the alligator clips, barely visible. Zinc has a low melting and a low boiling point, making this process especially splatter-prone.

 

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