Go ahead and grab that Elsa Peretti sterling silver and dunk it in a beaker of hot water. Nothing happens! Now, say Tiffany made its flatware from gallium, a chemical element that melts at 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Totally different story, indeed. The spoon would literally melt into a liquid ooze, which can then be refrigerated and hardened into, well, a spoon. Thus concluding the circle of life.
VIDEO: Gallium Melting Spoon:
· Science Experiment of the Day [The Daily What via Gizmodo]