If you didn’t get your fill of geeky and dangerous fun in our Monday roundup, you can always mix up a batch of homemade Thermite.
Thermite is simply a mix of a metal powder and a metal oxide that, when the metals and mixture composition is right, can be catalyzed from a pile of powder into an impressive high temperature pyrotechnic display. How impressive?
At the science blog Amazing Rust they’ve gathered up dozens of videos of various Thermite reactions and the accompanying formulas they used to achieve them. Hit up the link below to check them out and begin formulating your ultimate hard drive disposal plan (no, seriously, they did just that in this experiment).
Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 06/1/11