If you take a wound up length of steel balls on a chain, you might think that gravity would play a part in pulling the whole chain from the container in one easy movement. However, it seems that gravity is strong enough and the result is an interesting display of the chain forming loops and arches.
Here are some details on what is going on here;
These beads seem to levitate, defy gravity and jump out of the beaker. But how and why do they act like this? We met up with Steve Mould, the science guy from Britain’s Brightest, to explore the science behind the “self siphoning beads” – also known as “Newton’s Beads”.