Blood and Hydrogen Peroxide Reaction. .. I'll clear this up for some of you, since I should at least let you know what you're seeing in this GIF if I'm going to post it. What you are seeing here in thi
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Blood and Hydrogen Peroxide Reaction

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#1 - sciencexplain (03/22/2014) [+] (11 replies)
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I'll clear this up for some of you, since I should at least let you know what you're seeing in this GIF if I'm going to post it.

What you are seeing here in this GIF is the mixture of human blood with large amounts of hydrogen peroxide. It foams up to make what looks like rice pudding with strawberry in it, but that is in fact foam made from the hydrogen peroxide.
The reason this happens is because human blood contains an enzyme called catalase. Catalase takes hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and turns it into water (H2O) and oxygen (O2) in massive amounts. Around 200,000 catalase enzymes react with hydrogen peroxide in one second and this reaction takes several seconds, so you can imagine that millions of atoms are undergoing this reaction at once. The reason it foams and doesn't just become neutralized pH 7 water is because there is pure oxygen being created as a consequence of catalase. The oxygen makes bubbles in the liquid, like bubbles in a bath.

Extra information about hydrogen peroxide:
You may recognize the name, which is most likely because H2O2 is commonly sold in pharmacies and drug stores the world over. It comes in a concentration of 97% water and 3% hydrogen peroxide so it is safe and doesn't harm you. Hydrogen Peroxide is stable liquid at room temperature and it is used very commonly in oxygen reactions for its interesting effects. This includes being used in glow sticks and also being used on teeth to whiten them and obscure stains.
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#18 - ohbamse (03/23/2014) [+] (1 reply)
So you could really just put this in a syringe, put it into the veins of a human, and they will just expand morbidly?
So you could really just put this in a syringe, put it into the veins of a human, and they will just expand morbidly?
#5 - nekaz (03/22/2014) [-]
put it in tampons
User avatar #3 - guanyu (03/22/2014) [+] (3 replies)
inb4 peroxide injected into a tick
#2 - clivestrive (03/22/2014) [-]
Freebase hydrogen peroxide

All the cool kids are doing it
#24 - levitatingscrotum (03/23/2014) [-]
If you don't have blood you can use MnO2 as a catalyst instead of blood.   in case anyone wants to know
If you don't have blood you can use MnO2 as a catalyst instead of blood. in case anyone wants to know
User avatar #27 - gearhead ONLINE (04/20/2014) [+] (1 reply)
FUCK SCIENCE AND KILL THAT WITH FIRE
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#14 - pronprofile (03/23/2014) [-]
they should put that shit in bullets.
#11 - spartderkakus (03/23/2014) [-]
I'm gonna drink it.
I'm gonna drink it.
#7 - guu (03/23/2014) [-]
This made me sneeze.
#16 - kornadth (03/23/2014) [-]
is it only me?
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