What Happens If You Put Your Hand In Liquid Nitrogen 320⁰F (Watch Video)

Ever wonder what would happen to your hand if you put it in liquid nitrogen? This great new trending video on YouTube not only shows you, but it also gives you the inside scoop on what liquid nitrogen is, why it’s important in science experiments, and why it’s used as a popular effect in movies. The internet is rife with sensational liquid nitrogen science experiments at the moment, especially on YouTube. It’s important to note that liquid nitrogen is a seriously dangerous chemical, and it is not to be trifled with. If you are interested in creating your own trending video, or trying some of the DIY science experiments you find in some of these videos, you’ll want to ensure that you know all of the important safety precautions necessary when working with liquid nitrogen, first.

Nitrogen has four different aggregate states, and liquid nitrogen is one of them. Liquid nitrogen is basically just a liquefied form of nitrogen that exists at an exceptionally-low temperature – minus 196 degrees Celsius, with a boiling point of minus 195.79 degrees Celsius. When it’s heated, liquid nitrogen will turn back into its natural gaseous state, creating an impressive white vapour. Only a minute amount of liquid nitrogen is required to produce copious nitrogen gas – thus, its popularity for special effects. Terminator II is just one example of using liquid nitrogen to create a visual atmosphere in movies. You can almost feel its ultra-cold temperature. Clear and colourless in its liquid state, liquid nitrogen is considered to be a cryogenic liquid, capable of rapid freezing – this is why it’s often used to preserve organs and tissues. In manufacturing, it can be used as a coolant for tiny details, and it is also used in firefighting because, when it turns from liquid to gas, it displaces oxygen – thus, putting the fire out. Another bonus of liquid nitrogen is that it simply evaporates, leaving no trace, unlike other forms of fire retardants that leave a foamy residue.

Liquid nitrogen is what makes the whole study of cryogenics possible. It not only enables scientists to freeze human tissue at extremely low temperatures in order to preserve it – it also allows them to freeze entire bodies. With cryogenics, those with terminal illness or aging bodies can, for a very large charge, pay to freeze their bodies for an indefinite time period, with the hope that they can be revived once a cure for their illness has been discovered – or, in the case of the elderly, medicine has reached a point where aging has been terminated. Cryonics institutes located in the United States and Russia have the ability to freeze individuals’ bodies after they have died using liquid nitrogen– with their consent and payment, of course. However, the bodies must be frozen immediately after death to preserve the cells before any kind of decomposition has begun. Cryonics may seem like some kind of far-fetched topic for science fiction, but it’s already happening in the world, and hundreds of people have been frozen thus far.

Now that we know what liquid nitrogen is and what it’s used for, let’s talk about what happens when it comes into contact with living human skin. To keep it trending, we don’t really want to give away any spoilers for this video; however, we will say that you do want to do your research before trying any liquid nitrogen experiment at home. Think about it. Liquid nitrogen has the ability to freeze tissue almost instantaneously. That should give you ample warning. This excellent, informative video on liquid nitrogen and its effects on human skin comes from the Mind Warehouse YouTube channel, where you can watch it as well as lots more DIY science experiment videos. If you enjoy collecting fun facts, seeing strange sights, and blowing your mind with fascinating new discoveries, you’ll want to pay the good folks over at Mind Warehouse a visit.*

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