"After playing with my mixture a while, I started adding alot more water then immediatly microwaving it. Its almost like ballistics jel now."Magnelectrostatic
"blow bubles in it with a straw! they aren't normal"odiekokee
recounts an experience with the substance:
"This stuff started me down a VERY interesting road of research in my youth (yes, I was a VERY wierd kid)
Shear thickening fluid (ooblec, whatever, same mixture as above). I played with it for days.....Among the bright ideas I had, was to jam my finger down into a bowlful of it as hard as i could manage....and it set up like concrete. Next, same thing, with a sharp pencil.....and again, just like I'd hit gooey granite. *DING* light bulb, and to the closet I went. Out comes a rifle. .22 rim-fire first. Filled one of my mothers 5ÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬Ã¯Â¿Â½ square "sandwich keeper" type Tupperware bowls with the stuff, lid on tight, and set it up on its side, lid facing me....BLAM....but it didn't blow the lid off with a big splash like every other liquid target I'd tested. in fact, it appeared that the bullet went less than a half inch in. Repeated with .223 (MUCH faster moving projectile) and a little thicker box of ÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬Ã¯Â¿Â½stuffÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬Ã¯Â¿Â½......same thing....stopped like it'd hit a solid object.
Now....the military has developed several similar technologies. How Stuff Works: Liquid Body Armor shows some of that developing technology. I'm sure it's been in the works for a while, but 15 years ago, I like to think I quietly started on that kind of thing (but who listens to a 13 year old)
*DISCLAIMER* Don't do ballistics tests unless youÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬Ã¢ÂÂ¢re very well trained with the equipment needed and VERY careful in the setup of your tests. (Safety first, last, always, and through a very long life)"Farbs
weighs in with his own experiment:
"try zapping it as a liquid. I will when I make it, and ill post what happened, but if someone gets there first, reply to this comment."