Date: Tue, 28 May 2002 10:07:42 -0500

Author: Gary Karshner

Subject: Re: Weird mercury tube


Last years Fry catalog has it; Molecular Tube (#15583503) "Heating
over a flame boils the mercury and ejects molecules with such force that
the glass particles dance in the tube. Works well on overhead projector.


At 09:36 AM 5/28/02 -0500, you wrote:
>We're moving into a new building, which entails plowing through piles of
>weird objects in the demo room that haven't been disturbed for
>decades. One item in particular has everyone puzzled. It's a sealed
>glass tube with a few cc's of mercury and some bluish-purple
>crystals. The tube is supported in a heat-resistant clamp, so I presume
>it was once heated. Anybody have any ideas about what it might be good
>for, or should I consign it for hazardous waste disposal? Thanks.