2C60.10 - Fluidizing Bed
Connect the air hose to the compressed air and the connection on the plastic container. Turn on just enough air to see some geysers appear in the beads. A buried ping pong ball will rise when the air is turned on, and a steel ball bearing will sink. A golf ball is almost neutrally buoyant and will sink half way into the beads but still be visible. A toy boat will be able to "sail" in the beads just as it can in the water.
Video Credit: Daniel Reinart.
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