Wire critter shows power of surface tension

Walking on water is a balance between water molecules and surface area

By Bethany Brookshire, 13:58 PM July 15, 2014

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When you watch a water strider glide over the surface of a pond, you can’t help but wonder how they do it. After all, no matter how carefully you step out on the wet surface, you’ll end up getting soaked. But the tiny water strider has a weapon you do not. It‘s small body and widely spread legs harness surface tension. This allows it to skate on water. And with the right tools, you can play with surface tension, too. All you need is a bowl of water, scissors and some very th...

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