The Strange, Frictionless World of Superfluids

  • Published on Apr 22, 2019
  • Imagine a cup of tea that doesn't obey the laws of physics, it pours out of the bottom of your cup while crawling up the sides to the top, and you'll have a pretty good picture of the ultracold phenomena of superfluids.
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Comments • 950

  • SciShow
    SciShow  4 months ago +120

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    • Larisa Alin
      Larisa Alin 3 months ago


    • Jacob Jerny
      Jacob Jerny 3 months ago

      Wait if the superfluid never stops spinning does that mean there’s the potential for infinite energy?

    • Taskem Bin Rakum
      Taskem Bin Rakum 3 months ago

      @Spear Shaker .

    • Marek Šťastný
      Marek Šťastný 3 months ago +1

      The strange, bribe-full world of sponsorships.

    • The Radioactive Player
      The Radioactive Player 3 months ago

      I have a theory for the theory of everything, but to compute both my and THE theory we will need to build a computer of such size that even life itself forms a part of its computation

  • Tom Space
    Tom Space Day ago

    Search TheXvid for "The Elements in Six Dimensions"

  • Richard Deese
    Richard Deese Day ago

    Thanks! It's fascinating to me that helium(s) 3 & 4 can behave like superconductors & Bose-Einstein condensates (respectively.) I imagine that math is tangled & simple & fun! We're discovering how things are connected, & that's good! :) Rikki Tikki.

  • Yourname942
    Yourname942 2 days ago +1

    would a superfluid be a good medium for perpetual energy?

  • Mogul DaMongrel
    Mogul DaMongrel 3 days ago

    Batteries that never degrade....hah the battery industry has something to say about that.

  • BassAddicts Anonymous

    So no demonstration again guys.....

  • Dakoda Sanders
    Dakoda Sanders 4 days ago

    So are superfluids just like macro-scale fermionic BECs?

  • Crimeny James
    Crimeny James 9 days ago

    Helium 3 or 4?

  • Judgement Ravi
    Judgement Ravi 10 days ago

    No centiments if so then split 👎👈😍

  • Wu Li
    Wu Li 11 days ago

    Superfluidity can be thought of as evidence that, assuming 42 is as good it gets, we should be able to observe everything metamorphosing into one another in nonsensical fashions, expressing phase transitions and metamorphic effects in the process. For example, just in the last ten years physicists finally established the first model of 500 states of matter according to quantum mechanics, however, since then they've discovered a variety of types of matter that are completely outside the model, including photonic-matter. Electrons have been studied more than other types of particles, and their particle-like manifestation is long believed to be indivisible, while their wave-like has proven to be infinitely divisible. A recent experiment discovered quasi particles in a sample they were studying, that had the identical properties of an electron, begging the question of which one is the real electron. Among other implications, it means that superfluidity can be considered a form of dimension squeezing, and only occurs around absolute zero because the context is so humble, with so little happening, that it can express emergent behavior more easily.

    Just as a variety of superconductors have been discovered, we should find a variety of superfluids as well, and they should obey a complex multifractal equation that can express a sort of asymmetric-supersymmetry.

  • Oganesson gaming and stuff

    Boring blocks of ice 🤣🤣🤣

  • -_- some guy
    -_- some guy 14 days ago

    if what you said, they spin forever, then what if you could make that into a electrical current and gain energy from said forever spinning liquid? hydro electrical energy is similar since the rivers usually never stop flowing? I am waiting for someone to tell me i am wrong like always and i'll get back to mopping cleaning and yard work

  • Chris Boucher
    Chris Boucher Month ago

    Mind... Boggled.

  • Chelsey Abbott
    Chelsey Abbott Month ago

    Nature is so weird

  • VwertIX
    VwertIX Month ago


  • Jacob Thomas
    Jacob Thomas Month ago

    Wow i am official obsessed with super fluids! That is some "cool" physics!

  • Baserocklove
    Baserocklove Month ago +1

    Omg! I'm trying to get off coffee so i tried a mug of -270 degree liquid helium this morning instead and it made a fricking huge mess and I couldn't for the life of me figure out what was going on.

  • Ciaran Archenoul
    Ciaran Archenoul Month ago

    Is this the same guy on those psychology crash courses?

  • Damned Legion
    Damned Legion Month ago

    Answer to everything is 42

  • Alicorn Trash
    Alicorn Trash 2 months ago

    Imagine being chased down by a blob of superfluid

  • NetfIix
    NetfIix 2 months ago

    Nowadays you can’t even learn stuff without a sponsor or advertisement

  • Garey seekerofknowledge

    So if it never stops spinning, doesn't that constitute perpetual motion?🤔

  • chcodog1357
    chcodog1357 2 months ago

    I seriously thought he was exaggerating the examples in the beginning of the video.....I'm blown away

  • The Strangler
    The Strangler 3 months ago

    Black hole: im the weirdest thing in universe
    Neutron star: hold on my strange matter

  • Vontos' Magic Murder Bag

    Why is there no video of this phenomenon included?

  • Max Dagø
    Max Dagø 3 months ago

    God made the Earth😂

  • melvin vs melly
    melvin vs melly 3 months ago

    They never showed the superfluid, talked too damn much

  • Awss 1236
    Awss 1236 3 months ago

    If they all move the same way why isn't it a non vibrating solid

  • Anton Bjerketorp
    Anton Bjerketorp 3 months ago

    Superfluid in cup=perpetual motion machine?

  • Samuel Croll
    Samuel Croll 3 months ago

    If aliens are at there, and they are good at really low levels, liquid helium is probably used as lotion

  • Devanshu Soneta
    Devanshu Soneta 3 months ago +1

    Superfluid supports Communism😜

  • kinda a crusade
    kinda a crusade 3 months ago

    long story sort dont put hylium in 3 degrees kelvin

  • Adrian metzler-holden
    Adrian metzler-holden 3 months ago

    Can this super fluid be used for super sex lube? 🤔

  • Adrian metzler-holden
    Adrian metzler-holden 3 months ago

    My brain is now a super fluid. Thanx.

  • Jim Nichols
    Jim Nichols 3 months ago

    "Them helium atoms will totally go rouge" that right there is science being taught well.

  • Alice Taylor
    Alice Taylor 3 months ago

    this dumb bish just learned so much! xx

  • bahbahbah
    bahbahbah 3 months ago

    wow the sneaky transition to brilliant is brilliant

  • SkyWolf 2
    SkyWolf 2 3 months ago +3

    What i mostly hear from molecular scientist or stuff like that

  • Joseph Alberici
    Joseph Alberici 3 months ago

    If you stir you probably put enough energy in the system to heat it past 2 kelvin though?

  • Brennan McClelland
    Brennan McClelland 3 months ago

    Bose-Einstein Condensates anyone?

  • Sasha Whitefur
    Sasha Whitefur 3 months ago


  • suma rao
    suma rao 3 months ago

    No lip sync right?

  • Calvinsky Malbert
    Calvinsky Malbert 3 months ago +2

    liquid helium:how does matter work again?

  • Rory Kidd
    Rory Kidd 3 months ago +1

    If you think about it a tricycle is just a unicycle with training wheels

  • Frenzy
    Frenzy 3 months ago


  • Livelife8072
    Livelife8072 3 months ago +1

    Huh. I’ve been on the Keto diet for 6 weeks and lost 21lbs without exercise. It’s been working great.

  • Aqua Sama
    Aqua Sama 3 months ago +4

    the video title reminds me of kurzgesagt

  • Terry Thomas
    Terry Thomas 3 months ago

    You're boring

  • Benedani
    Benedani 3 months ago


  • oof man
    oof man 3 months ago

    im a flat earther and i don't believe in cold because nasa mentions it

    • Richard Clark
      Richard Clark 3 months ago

      Diogo moreira as it is only the absence of heat one could make the case that cold is a myth much like the flat earth

  • GalaxyOfReeses KIng
    GalaxyOfReeses KIng 3 months ago

    Why are science TheXvidrs so loud...?

  • Escanor Lion's Sin of Pride


  • labibbidabibbadum
    labibbidabibbadum 3 months ago

    The best bit was not seeing any liquid helium in the whole video.

  • Random Funnies
    Random Funnies 3 months ago

    Scishow: ...And if your looking for a next step of your own you might like Brilliant’s daily challenges
    Me: Welp time to leave

  • El Polar
    El Polar 3 months ago

    when he said the atoms start to behave in unison I thought: So the liquid is like a solid?

  • sarcasmo57
    sarcasmo57 3 months ago

    The universe is a funny place.

  • Oliver Siemens
    Oliver Siemens 3 months ago

    What the heck. I wanted to see it.

  • ballz deep69
    ballz deep69 3 months ago

    Quantum indigestion

  • Jack Daniels
    Jack Daniels 3 months ago

    Is it as cool as oobleck though?

  • Queen Gabrielle Lavi Jahnsun

    Hank is the best

  • shr00ms
    shr00ms 3 months ago

    2-2(0)III = 2003

  • i3 13
    i3 13 3 months ago

    You have no sample of the superfluid?

  • Paul Jordan
    Paul Jordan 3 months ago

    Is this what is known as Bose-Einstein Condensation?

  • Chad Cummings
    Chad Cummings 3 months ago

    "But! You can't see it with your eyes"
    (video proceeds NOT to show my eyes)

  • Mr. Hardy
    Mr. Hardy 3 months ago

    You know what would have been cool to 'see with your eyes?' Anything talked about in this video...

  • Benji
    Benji 3 months ago

    Could dark energy somehow be a superfluid? Then it having no friction might explain why we’re having such a hard time finding it?

  • FlyingJukebox
    FlyingJukebox 3 months ago

    Also fun fact, there's this microbe, ebola or ecoli I think , something that starts with e, when suspended in a liquid, and pressed between two slides, they self arrange, and they also become a superfluid!

  • Raymond Wiggins
    Raymond Wiggins 3 months ago

    Batteries that don't degrade would be so good.

  • Creamy Cream
    Creamy Cream 3 months ago

    i neva frez

  • bloobb ablubblublub
    bloobb ablubblublub 3 months ago

    You'll just waste your time waiting for an experiment. Hes just a talking robot

  • ralsei
    ralsei 3 months ago

    pepole with alzheimer **shakes hands** helium-4

  • Juice
    Juice 3 months ago

    Is this the guy from crash course lmao

  • Jonathan Walker
    Jonathan Walker 3 months ago

    I wanted a video of this stuff so bad😂

  • Nex_Flex
    Nex_Flex 3 months ago

    This world is absolutely amazing. Just another example of a secret of our universe. That sounds like complete fiction until it’s discovered.

  • Ratzfourtyfour
    Ratzfourtyfour 3 months ago

    I was hoping to see more of Helium and less of a head bobbing nerd.