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Started by Ebadlun on Nov 26, 2018 11:32:24 PM
Fun with Gallium

I have bought some gallium. I have had some fun turning it into liquid and solid, and creating metallic landscapes in a glass, but feel I have not yet exhausted the fun that might be had with it.

What other fun things can I do with it?

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flowbagging - 27 Nov 2018 03:27:55 (#1 of 27)

Make teaspoons out of it.

diomu_II - 27 Nov 2018 06:06:08 (#2 of 27)

Don't forget there are also iodine and thorium and thulium and thallium. Hours and hours of fun to be had!

bossab2 - 27 Nov 2018 07:21:56 (#3 of 27)

weirdest thread ever

browserbutton - 27 Nov 2018 07:34:16 (#4 of 27)

It was discovered by Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran.

ArriveAlive - 27 Nov 2018 07:50:20 (#5 of 27)

Add some indium to form a low melting point eutectic - rub them together to get a liquid at room temperature.

TommyDGNR8 - 27 Nov 2018 08:24:12 (#6 of 27)

I have bought some gallium.

One is forced to ask why? It's not exactly a pocket-money priced distraction and hardly the sort of thing Poundland is likely to stock?

Stick it on an SEM and video the state change. Apply a few colour masks and a suitably trippy soundtrack in Premiere Pro and you might just be the next YouTube sensation.

SinnerBoy - 30 Nov 2018 17:02:16 (#7 of 27)

Don't forget that it's extremely toxic and can be absorbed through the skin.

Delighted_User - 30 Nov 2018 17:29:13 (#8 of 27)

Not according to the internet. Or are you being deliberately mischievous?

Delighted_User - 30 Nov 2018 17:30:21 (#9 of 27)

(I actually checked this when I first saw the thread, because I'd assumed it would be something like mercury.)

ishyomah - 30 Nov 2018 17:47:53 (#10 of 27)

Is it magnetic? Do you have a magnet?

nolongerstumpy - 30 Nov 2018 18:18:42 (#11 of 27)

Combine it with arsenic to make an effective semiconductor.

champagnerocker - 30 Nov 2018 18:28:42 (#12 of 27)

NO gallium isn't magnetic.

The internet tells me it just gets a corrosive H318 statement, so it isn't toxic.

postie - 30 Nov 2018 18:44:28 (#13 of 27)

what would happen if you eat it?

you might see some of your urine looking like mercury?

thisonehasalittlehat - 30 Nov 2018 18:48:18 (#14 of 27)

It's a metal? You'd die.

postie - 30 Nov 2018 18:49:07 (#15 of 27)

#12 it isn't toxic.

Kucinghitam - 01 Dec 2018 08:06:37 (#16 of 27)

It's not toxic. You can even bite it if you want.

rearranged - 01 Dec 2018 08:24:49 (#17 of 27)

Do you want to?

postie - 01 Dec 2018 12:47:13 (#18 of 27)

from quora.com:

I placed nickle sized chunk of gallium in my mouth and it melted very quickly. It tasted terrible, very much like dirty pennies, so I spit it out. My tongue felt strange and what I can only describe as a generalized mouth numbness persisted for over an hour. I could not get rid of the penny taste and my tongue and mucous membranes were insensitive to touch and pressure, with a slight tingling sensation for quite awhile.

quartus - 01 Dec 2018 13:24:19 (#19 of 27)

... sulphur fools gladly?

nolongerstumpy - 01 Dec 2018 13:37:12 (#20 of 27)

Heh!

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