Decoded Science has only a few articles in its "Lab" section, so I boldly wrote "The Leidenfrost Effect is a Simple Home Science Experiment".

As is becoming standard operating procedure when I write for that site, I had to create some images. This time I used an actual camera!

Another standard procedure is to pre-publish my own images here, so there is no question about who has copyright.

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"Image of Leidenfrost Equipment" by Mike DeHaan
Equipment is the first physical requirement for performing an experiment.


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"Image of Leidenfrost Effect" by Mike DeHaan
Capturing the image of an "effect" is pretty tricky.


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"Image of Oil on Water" by Mike DeHaan
Commenting on safety concerns, I note that oil floats on water, as illustrated here.


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"Image of Water under Oil" by Mike DeHaan
Importantly from a safety aspect, the water goes under the oil.

Another reason to read this article is to learn why the Leidenfrost Effect makes kitchen grease fires so dangerous.

As usual, I also promoted my article through my DeHaan Services site. "How to Demonstrate the Leidenfrost Effect" is purely a promotional piece, simply offering another route for readers to find this article.


Writing Tips

The poor images that I made were dropped by a wise editor, who found some images available online. I have two writing tips for today.

Although it is easy and safe to select "Commercial Re-use" as filters in Google Images and Flickr advanced searches, some images are licensed with no restrictions but are not shown in those categories. If you are strapped for pictures, try looking with no filter and then, as always, double-check whether the image is unrestricted.

If you make your own images, be sure they are of high quality, legible, make the point you need, and improve your article.
 


04/22/2014 23:42

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