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 • 938

  • SciShow
    SciShow  3 months ago +114

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    • Larisa Alin
      Larisa Alin 2 months ago


    • Jacob Jerny
      Jacob Jerny 2 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 2 months ago

      @Spear Shaker .

    • Marek Šťastný
      Marek Šťastný 2 months ago +1

      The strange, bribe-full world of sponsorships.

    • The Radioactive Player
      The Radioactive Player 2 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

  • Chris Boucher
    Chris Boucher 10 days ago

    Mind... Boggled.

  • Chelsey Abbott
    Chelsey Abbott 11 days ago

    Nature is so weird

  • VwertIX
    VwertIX 12 days ago


  • Jacob Thomas
    Jacob Thomas 13 days ago

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

  • Baserocklove
    Baserocklove 14 days 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 15 days ago

    Is this the same guy on those psychology crash courses?

  • Damned Legion
    Damned Legion 23 days ago

    Answer to everything is 42

  • Alicorn Trash
    Alicorn Trash 29 days ago

    Imagine being chased down by a blob of superfluid

  • NetfIix
    NetfIix Month 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 Month ago

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

  • The Strangler
    The Strangler 2 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 2 months ago

    God made the Earth😂

  • melvin vs melly
    melvin vs melly 2 months ago

    They never showed the superfluid, talked too damn much

  • Awss 1236
    Awss 1236 2 months ago

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

  • Anton Bjerketorp
    Anton Bjerketorp 2 months ago

    Superfluid in cup=perpetual motion machine?

  • Samuel Croll
    Samuel Croll 2 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 2 months ago +1

    Superfluid supports Communism😜

  • kinda a crusade
    kinda a crusade 2 months ago

    long story sort dont put hylium in 3 degrees kelvin

  • Adrian metzler-holden
    Adrian metzler-holden 2 months ago

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

  • Adrian metzler-holden
    Adrian metzler-holden 2 months ago

    My brain is now a super fluid. Thanx.

  • Jim Nichols
    Jim Nichols 2 months ago

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

  • Alice Taylor
    Alice Taylor 2 months ago

    this dumb bish just learned so much! xx

  • bahbahbah
    bahbahbah 2 months ago

    wow the sneaky transition to brilliant is brilliant

  • SkyWolf 2
    SkyWolf 2 2 months ago +3

    What i mostly hear from molecular scientist or stuff like that

  • Joseph Alberici
    Joseph Alberici 2 months ago

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

  • Brennan McClelland
    Brennan McClelland 2 months ago

    Bose-Einstein Condensates anyone?

  • Sasha Whitefur
    Sasha Whitefur 2 months ago


  • suma rao
    suma rao 2 months ago

    No lip sync right?

  • Calvinsky Malbert
    Calvinsky Malbert 2 months ago +2

    liquid helium:how does matter work again?

  • Rory Kidd
    Rory Kidd 2 months ago +1

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

  • Frenzy
    Frenzy 2 months ago


  • Livelife8072
    Livelife8072 2 months ago +1

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

  • BiboyRobs123
    BiboyRobs123 2 months ago +4

    the video title reminds me of kurzgesagt

  • Terry Thomas
    Terry Thomas 2 months ago

    You're boring

  • Benedani
    Benedani 2 months ago


  • Diogo moreira
    Diogo moreira 2 months ago

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

    • Richard Clark
      Richard Clark 2 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 2 months ago

    Why are science TVcliprs so loud...?

  • Escanor Lion's Sin of Pride


  • labibbidabibbadum
    labibbidabibbadum 2 months ago

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

  • Random Funnies
    Random Funnies 2 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 2 months ago

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

  • sarcasmo57
    sarcasmo57 2 months ago

    The universe is a funny place.

  • Oliver Siemens
    Oliver Siemens 2 months ago

    What the heck. I wanted to see it.

  • ballz deep69
    ballz deep69 2 months ago

    Quantum indigestion

  • Jack Daniels
    Jack Daniels 2 months ago

    Is it as cool as oobleck though?

  • Queen Gabrielle Lavi Jahnsun

    Hank is the best

  • shr00ms
    shr00ms 2 months ago

    2-2(0)III = 2003

  • i3 13
    i3 13 2 months ago

    You have no sample of the superfluid?

  • Paul Jordan
    Paul Jordan 2 months ago

    Is this what is known as Bose-Einstein Condensation?

  • Chad Cummings
    Chad Cummings 2 months ago

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

  • Mr. Hardy
    Mr. Hardy 2 months ago

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

  • Benji
    Benji 2 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 2 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 2 months ago

    Batteries that don't degrade would be so good.

  • Creamy Cream
    Creamy Cream 2 months ago

    i neva frez

  • bloobb ablubblublub
    bloobb ablubblublub 2 months ago

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

  • ralsei
    ralsei 2 months ago

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

  • Juice
    Juice 2 months ago

    Is this the guy from crash course lmao

  • Jonathan Walker
    Jonathan Walker 2 months ago

    I wanted a video of this stuff so bad😂

  • Nex_Flex
    Nex_Flex 2 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 2 months ago

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

  • Digalog
    Digalog 2 months ago

    boring block of ice x) frozen water is even one of the most remarkable phenomena i believe since it it was the only fluid that expands when it freezes.

    • Akira
      Akira 2 months ago

      Not the only one, but I think it has the greatest expansion out of the few known.

  • Choxolet yo
    Choxolet yo 2 months ago

    But can it phase through flex tape?

  • Gupie Dziecko
    Gupie Dziecko 2 months ago

    can you make another episode about hydras? thanks a lot

  • hugeKingKibbleFan 69
    hugeKingKibbleFan 69 2 months ago

    The ultimate lube

  • Reddblue
    Reddblue 2 months ago

    Oh, I love me some liquid helium to kick off the monday!

  • Darth Perge
    Darth Perge 2 months ago

    Was kinda hoping you were gonna show this brilliant phenomenon you kept going on about

  • Dusk Zwehlsdorffen
    Dusk Zwehlsdorffen 2 months ago

    Don't you just hate it when you're drinking your Helium cooled to 2 Kelvin and it spills out your coffee cup? Damn!

  • BLACKPINK_fan_27
    BLACKPINK_fan_27 2 months ago +7

    A cup of -270 helium a day keeps the doctor away!

    *U died*

  • East Supreme Kai
    East Supreme Kai 2 months ago

    You saying strange matter is a superfluid?

  • Aeolem
    Aeolem 2 months ago

    *Thermodynamics wants to: Know your location*

  • Albus Dumbeldoore
    Albus Dumbeldoore 2 months ago

    cooling helium-4 to -270 degrees is a bug that the devs never found so they never patched it out.

  • JayBenOh
    JayBenOh 2 months ago

    And I watched the whole video hoping to see footage of a superfluid ... I am kind of disappointed.

  • KnowBuddyNose
    KnowBuddyNose 2 months ago

    I think I truly understand the level of temperature of my ex-wife’s heart..... LOL :)

  • Just Another Animator
    Just Another Animator 2 months ago

    Cover yourself in superfluids and now your in space

  • LASH
    LASH 2 months ago

    I might as well be reading a book right now

  • Alohamora hello
    Alohamora hello 2 months ago

    So? Is the new type of matter

  • Task Reflex
    Task Reflex 2 months ago

    Weirdly enough, I understood this...

  • MrFatilo
    MrFatilo 2 months ago +3

    The problem is, this is not reproducible, this experiment has not been reproduced since the 60s and there is no modern footage of this phenomenon. Many think that this was just a fluke rather than a true quantum mechanical event on macro scale.

  • Christopher Noel
    Christopher Noel 2 months ago

    I wonder what would happen if someone took a container of superfluid Helium-4 and compressed it. I'd assume that at least some of it would escape through the usual cracks... but would this compression reheat the superfluid helium, and what would happen? Would it stop behaving like a superfluid? Would the container explode apart, or would the superfluid just all squirt out like a tank of water with a hole in the bottom?

  • Grass Observator
    Grass Observator 2 months ago

    3:10 WHY? Because.

  • Robert Shield
    Robert Shield 2 months ago

    Oh, that's why the meniscus on liquids

  • Liana Gao
    Liana Gao 2 months ago +2

    Helium -270 degrees: Physics isn’t real.

  • less kiss
    less kiss 2 months ago

    when the universe gets really old these types of phenomena will be common place along with other properties

  • Zegaz Versailles
    Zegaz Versailles 2 months ago +1

    Black panther is like helium...

    He neva freezes

  • Blake Guion
    Blake Guion 2 months ago

    wtf does this stuff mean

  • Tyler Methot
    Tyler Methot 2 months ago

    Superfluid Atoms: ONE OF US! ONE OF US!

  • ralsei
    ralsei 2 months ago +1

    hank: hellium-4 is the coolest superfluid!
    neutron pasta: **laughs in x-ray**

  • Tom Kenney
    Tom Kenney 2 months ago

    I was all ready to supercharge my freezer but my girlfriend said I can't make this in the kitchen. What to do? Can you show us this quantum phenomenon? You make the claim at 3:30...

  • Grigori Feresin
    Grigori Feresin 2 months ago

    such a weird tea 😉 great video✌️

  • Tristan Grimaux
    Tristan Grimaux 2 months ago

    No video of the superfluid itself

  • centurysword
    centurysword 2 months ago

    power level well below 9000

  • Poofiemus
    Poofiemus 2 months ago +2

    Oh my god, wait. . . if space time is a superfluid, does that mean Dark Matter is a superfluid? Being frictionless WOULD explain why it barely interacts with anything . . .

    • kkinu juice
      kkinu juice 2 months ago

      Ok ok then it should be not there as it cannot interact even with vaccum

  • K. M.
    K. M. 2 months ago

    why no video of the super-fluids in action?

  • D Hawthorne
    D Hawthorne 2 months ago

    For anyone interested, here is the first in a 6 part series on Liquid Helium II super-fluidity.

  • Edward Record
    Edward Record 2 months ago

    Why does food go stale? Is it the food going off due to microbes? Or is it some weird food reaction that happens in air, and for lack of a better example, like oxidation (food rust, which sounds just...horrible). Literally no idea. Anyways, excellent video on a pretty brainBr3Ak!nG topic :)

  • TacComControl
    TacComControl 2 months ago

    So what you're saying is, if we want Boson Jumps from Nadesico, gonna need to throw some party balloons in the fridge. Got it.