Millefiori No. 08, 2012
To explain magnetism, Fabian Oefner poured ferro liquid -- a dark, oily liquid that contains tiny shards of metal -- onto a magnet. Ferro liquid is hydrophobic, which means it doesn't mix with water. So when Oefner poured colored water onto the ferro liquid, the water spread out into tiny little canals. The resulting images look like a psychedelic slice of a brain.
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October 5, 2013 6:59 AM PDT
Photo by: Fabian Oefner
| Caption by: CBS Interactive staff
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