Why do cornstarch and water do that thing?

It's one of life's most head-scratchy questions, and one of the most popular chemistry mysteries for youtubers. So let's get to the bottom of this crazy, shape-shifting substance, and finally find out why cornstarch and water do that thing!

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It's one of life's most head-scratchy questions, and one of the most popular chemistry mysteries for youtubers. So let's get to the bottom of this crazy, shape-shifting substance, and finally find out why cornstarch and water do that thing!

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References from this episode
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  2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/materials-science/rheology
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  7. http://helix.northwestern.edu/blog/2009/08/walking-water-er-oobleck-science-chicago-finale
  8. https://www.pnas.org/content/116/42/20828.short?rss=
  9. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/oobleck-bring-science-home/
  10. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-quicksand/#:~:text=Quicksand%20is%20a%20mixture%20of,filled%20with%20air%20or%20water.
  11. https://www.nature.com/news/2005/050926/full/news050926-9.html
  12. https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/microscopy-reveals-why-ketchup-squirts/3002513.article
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