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Bouncing gel balls popular in the media

The explanation from physicist Scott Waitukaitis for the screaming and bouncing gel balls in a hot pan has been covered in several media, including the Washington Post.


Suddenly it was a YouTube hit: bouncing gel balls in a glowing hot pan. An inspiration for Waitukaitis, because what is the cause of this bouncy phenomenon? After obtaining a VENI grant, the journey could start. One year later, Waitukaitis and group leader Martin van Hecke found the explanation: when the ball hits the hot pan, a little bit of water evaporates within the ball. This causes the ball to shoot upwards, resulting in a never-ending process. Waitukaitis' publication in Nature Physics was covered by several media, both in the Netherlands and abroad.  


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