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Video: Melanie Gonick; additional footage: Irene Chen
Self-oscillating gels are materials that continuously change back and forth between different states — such as color or size — without provocation from external stimuli. These changes are caused by the Belousov-Zhabotinsky chemical reaction, which was discovered during the 1950s.
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- The study of water
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- Collective intelligence
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