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Egg + Liquid Nitrogen + Time-lapse!

An egg is frozen in liquid nitrogen, shelled, and then allowed to thaw!

Announcer: Frostbite Theater presents... Cold Cuts! No baloney!

Joanna and Steve: Just science!

Joanna: Hi! I'm Joanna!

Steve: And I'm Steve!

Joanna: In a previous video, YouTube user 'maxey83112' suggested freezing an egg in liquid nitrogen. That's easy for us to do! Since it takes about 8 minutes to cool the egg to the temperature of liquid nitrogen, we'll speed things up a bit for you.

Steve: Once the shell is removed, it takes it about two hours for the egg to thaw. Since this is kind of like watching paint dry, we'll squeeze the final 80 minutes of this process into ten seconds.

Joanna: Thanks for watching! I hope you'll join us again soon for another 'egg'-speriment!

Steve: Wow... Really?

Joanna: Yep!

Here's a question for those who are scientifically curious. Why does it take 8 minutes for the egg to freeze but 2 hours for it to thaw if the temperature change is the same?

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