How To: Turn water into marbles (FAKE?)

Turn water into marbles (FAKE?)

F for FAKE. This video has been labeled a "Faux-To". Commonly contested as bogus science, we believe this video to be a hoax. What's your opinion? Comment below.

This video shows you how to make a substance that when in contact with the air, looses your polar ability and sticks to itself -- transforming into solid water spheres. There are many ways to get this result but a key ingredient is sodium acetate.

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damn cool!!

its fake u cant do it like that u can get these beed thing that absorb water and there is no powder form of calcium bicarbonate got to this link and u can order them www.stevespanglerscience.com/product/clear-spheres-40-grams

what? omg is it like poarable then they turn into marbles or what?

Dude. this kicks ass! Hmmm. considering that the "marbles" only appear when they are completely removed from the rest of the liquid it probably isn't pourable.

Wow... This is one of the coolest useless science experiments I've ever seen!

really want to try this experiment with my class. The part with the mixing of the salt and the calcium bicarbonate is confusing. Where do I get calcium bicarbonate and what are the measurements to be used?

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LOVED THIS !

Well... I'm very sceptic, because if you stop the video at the minute 2.23 you can see on the bottom of the plastic box the reflex of some balls, but it doesn't matter, I'm a scientist and if I don't try I can't believe.
Being more precise I think he used calcium carbonate, because calcium bicarbonate "exists" only in solution and that's why the reaction needs two steps to work:

1) CH3COOH + NaHCO3-->CH3COONa + H2O + CO2
2) CH3COONa + H2O + CO2 + CaCO3-->CH3COONa + Ca(HCO3)2
(I'm sorry but I can't put stoichiometries numbers as subscribe)

In the first step acetic acid (chemical substance in vinegar) reacts with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) giving sodium acetate, water and carbon dioxide.
In the second step calcium carbonate in solution with water and carbon dioxide can form calcium bicarbonate.
So to be sure that the reaction works, tomorrow I'll do a solution containing pure sodium acetate, mineral water(H2O+CO2) and calcium carbonate.

Just some final considerations:
1)vinegar and not vinager
2)why the solution becomes pink?
3)polar ability? what this physical phenomenon should be?
4)Finally, why the glass ,in the first image, is completely shown just after the fell of four/five balls(0.06 min)? Maybe in the glass there was , already, some pink water?
Well, glass/plastic spheres result invisible in water...
We will see... for now congratulations to the illusionist!

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Experiment n°1 failed... I repeated the operations twice, but nothing has happened...
Tomorrow I'll try again twice. Maybe I missed proportions or something else... but it could also be....
Saluti a tutti!

Between 2:32 and 2:33 on the timer one of the balls falls out of the container and "BOUNCES" off the table. Sorry but this is FAKE! Just buy marbles with the same refractive index as the water and if you can't make that work just turn the water pink to help mask the marbles.

what the hell is calcium bicarbonate

It does not work because its a hoax.

i think this is the one of the coolest things ive ever seen!!!!

I`m flabberglassted!!

This is a hoax. They are actually a bunch of imbibition balls which have already swelled and are sitting in the container. See this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw0x79uilR8&feature=related

also note the same coloring of the bead with the ones shown in this video

well its true you can do this but it docent turn back in to liquid but its still cool :3

some please tell me if this works

pretty cool

ermm...one of the balls BOUNCE of the table....

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