Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The World's Longest Running Laboratory Experiment...

has been taking place at the School of Mathematics and Physics at The University of Queensland since 1927.

In that year, the first Professor of Physics at UQ filled a funnel full with pitch, then 3 years later in 1930 (after it had settled), started it dripping to show that pitch, though it appears to be a solid at room temperature, is actually a very viscous, very slow flowing liquid.

Since the flow was started in 1930, only 8 drops have dripped.  The 9th is currently hanging, with 3 webcams trained on it, so the whole world can check on it's progress.

The full story, along with a link to the live webcam can be found on the University of Queenland's website here:

http://smp.uq.edu.au/content/pitch-drop-experiment




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