"It has a snowball's chance in hell!"
Translation? MISSION IMPOSSIBLE.
But is that really true?
In honor of Inventor's Day on February 11, researchers at GE are celebrating the dreamers and doers who have given us all of the technology and innovation we use on a daily basis by doing something big. They're using cutting-edge technology to make impossible missions possible.
These incredible scientists are no strangers to tackling the big problems. On a day-to-day basis, they push the boundaries of aviation, healthcare, energy, and materials science to make life easier, safer, and more efficient.
While they may be seasoned pros at taking on cutting-edge aircraft engines and nuclear reactors, they may have met their match with a lowly snowball.
Tasked with giving a snowball a chance in hell, these scientists created a "hell-proof" box out of supermaterials to hold the snowballs while they were taken to a foundry and doused in a bath of molten steel.
How did it fare? Check out the amazing result here:
When someone just isn't listening, we say that it's like talking to a wall. But even when talking to an actual wall, there's a lot more going on than meets the eye.
As someone speaks, sound is transmitted through waves. These waves travel through the air until they vibrate the eardrums of the listener, which are then interpreted as sound.
While a wall might not have eardrums or a brain to make sense of the sound, the waves are still hitting it. In order to pick up on them, the GE researchers had to use sensors called accelerometers that were sophisticated enough to detect those tiny sound waves.
So what happened when a man read a story to the Berlin Wall? A group of students were able to hear it on the other side, almost 500 feet away:
In an instant, bolts of lightning burst from the sky, discharging huge amounts of electricity. Though incredible, their existence is fleeting. As quickly as they appear and light up the sky, they are gone without a trace.
But with the help of a supercapacitor, scientists were not only able to capture an incredible blast of 2 million Volts of lab-made lightning into a bottle.
The only thing more amazing than seeing the lightning get caught in the bottle is seeing what they do to prove it:
Next time something is described as impossible, just remember what science and a little forward-thinking can accomplish.
Which experiment was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!