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Walking on water

Jesus walking on water is accounted in three of the four New Testament Gospels. One account can be found in Matthew 14:22-23 and two more accounts in John 6:16-21 and Mark 6:45-52.

Without any disrespect to religion and faith, a miracle may not be needed to walk on water. This is possible by making sure you walk on a Non-Newtonian fluid, which is well-known for its viscosity that varies depending on how much stress was applied. In layman’s term, viscosity is simply the thickness of a fluid. 

A non-Newtonian fluid behaves according to the forces acted on it. It will behave either as a solid or as a liquid depending on the amount of force you apply to it. These fascinating fluids make physics extra exciting to learn and can give light to issues we would otherwise describe as mysterious.

The most common non-Newtonian fluid is cornstarch-water mixture. If a bowl is filled with this mixture and you punch it, your hand will not go into the mixture; but if you place your hand into it ever slowly, your hand can penetrate without difficulty. It is often used in Science experiments by students from different schools. One example was the experiment done by the students from Arthurs Middle School in Trenton, Michigan. The combined efforts of students, teachers and parents allowed them to make a pool where they mixed about 1,000 pounds of cornstarch with water. Once done, the children ran, danced, jumped and turned on the prepared mixture.

The cornstarch-water non-Newtonian fluid was so famous that it even got featured on the Ellen DeGeneres show by Steve Spangler. They prepared a small pool containing the mixture. A woman from the audience tried to run over the mixture and amazingly, she did not sink. She actually ran several times across the mixture without sinking.

If you are going to attempt this, rather than walking slowly, walk briskly on the cornstarch-water mixture so you can walk on water too.

This article was submitting by LifeTickler

09/20/2012. Category: science. Tags: , .

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