Precipitation2 from Beauty of Science on Vimeo.

After watching this video you will have to eat every word your high school self ever uttered about how boring chemistry was and how lunch couldn’t come fast enough.

We usually think of precipitation as the ever-present meteorological phenomenon that brings water down from the sky in forms such as rain, snow, and diamond dust. This short film, however, focuses on precipitation as it is used in chemistry to condense a solid from a solution.

The process is used for various purposes, like purifying proteins and concentrating DNA. Visually, it is fascinating. The slow-motion twirls and splashes in the video show the grace and beauty of this microscopic reaction.

Precipitation2 is part of a project by Beauty of Science, which releases one video every week to inspire people to notice the wonder of science.

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