Paramagnetism of Liquid Oxygen

A chemical demonstration of the paramagnetism of oxygen, as shown by the attraction of liquid oxygen to a magnet. Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

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  1. 24jip says:

    Still a valid question though, see “Liquid Breathing”on wikipedia

  2. MoronicAcid1 says:

    The transcription for this video starts like this:
    0:02 sandwich
    0:16 possibility redneck

  3. MoronicAcid1 says:

    Can you test your hypothesis?

  4. jtbeast85 says:


  5. EDUC515 says:

    Where did you get your magnet from? Does it have a specific name?

  6. sodacan187 says:

    Ahh, thank you.

  7. etrran says:

    If you want to ignore the extreme temperature, it still kills you. Breathing in pure oxygen is highly lethal for the body, probably because it’s such a reactive gas that it kind of rips stuff out of their place (because chemical reactions would cause shape changes) and leaves you flopping on the ground like a fish. It’s possible to breathe in oxygen rich liquids, though you’ll die of lung trauma afterwards (tested on lab rats). We’re not that far yet xD

  8. pureintellectual says:

    i wanna take a sip of it

  9. theblufintuna says:

    yea well what you dont account for is that with the increase in the emission of CO2, plants will absorb more CO2 and produce more O2.. simple chem bro.

  10. an50331 says:

    i think the blue color of oxygen is beautiful

    but im 65% oxygen so i might be biased

  11. soumyadreamz says:

    is O2 highly paramagnetic???

  12. azmanabdula says:

    bleeding…..maybe for high blood pressure…..and if dying isnt the sort of thing you worry about….
    gave me a good laugh….

  13. chiagirl says:

    Seriously? Seriously? Dude you are omitting large portions of the O2 cycle. Take a class on atmospheric chemistry please. O2 is on the decline, just as CO2 is on the rise, but these are minute changes on the order of ~10^-3 (per 5 years), not even including the replenishment cycle from things like Photosynthesis. Your 60 year old data definitely needs recalibration. Heck you probably think ‘bleeding’ is still an accepted medical practice.

  14. araMannA says:

    This was SO cool! :0
    I literally was left speechless!

  15. Benitotorecio says:

    Is it possible to separate oxygen from nitrogen by an electromagnet? If two test tubes joined together by a capillar or straw, with one of the tubes surrounden by a copper coil as an air core solenoid. Will the solenoid tube be filled with oxygen while the other one with nitrogen?

  16. jqs1943 says:

    the rest is other chemical elements. Todays world population is in excess of 6.5 billion. Although the natural electrolysis of water by the world’s thermo reactrive processes decomposes water and replenishes the oxygen, this process is rather slow. On the other hand we are continuously exploiting iron ores as well as other metals that oxydize and retain the oxygen atoms. Think abvout it Bob; I see that you are a bright and knowledgeble person.

  17. jqs1943 says:

    You’ll need to dig a little deeper to find the values that i’m talking about. In order for me to make others understand why the oxygen volume in the atmosphere might have diminished or is diminishing is a rather complex explanation that requires more than 400 characters as is alotted to us by u tube under comments,but consider this reality; i was a student back in the 1950’s. the world’s population was slightly over one billion, a person weighing 180 lbs. is about 125 oxygen and

  18. ediblebatteries says:

    It is true, oxygen is converted to carbon dioxide in combustion reactions, but having lost 36% of our atmospheric oxygen in the last 150 years is absurd. A quick 5 minute internet search yielded an article reporting a loss of 0.1% oxygen since pre-industrial revolution numbers. I think the difference you’re talking about could be from different methods of detecting atmospheric concentrations of oxygen or inaccurate instrument calibrations. 

  19. jqs1943 says:

    When i was a youngster in school, i remember that the oxygen level reported was 33 % oxygen and 66 % nitrogen with a 1 % of other iompurities. Now it’s reported that the oxygen level is only 21 %
    do the research and you’ll see the numbers.

  20. ediblebatteries says:

    We are NOT running out of oxygen. Where did you get this crackpot theory?

  21. Richard Buettner says:

    If you drink it it would be in liquid form and go into your stomach, and just cause you to belch.

  22. MrCedal says:

    You are right,what was I thinking xD
    Didn’t listen carefuly enough.
    Sorry for that, and thanks for explanation!

  23. DevilMaster says:

    No, that’s completely different. First, the blue color you see in a nuclear reactor is a glow, while there’s no glowing here, just light being reflected. Second, the glow of a nuclear reactor core is Cerenkov radiation (emission of light when a particle, placed in a certain medium, moves faster than light does in that medium), while all that’s going on here is absorption (frequencies of red, yellow and green are absorbed and the rest is reflected).

  24. jqs1943 says:

    We’re attracted to the electromagnetic fields of extremely high voltage as a piece of iron is attracted to a magnet. We are depleting earth’s oxygen level and it’s reaching a critical level for the sustainment of life and the well being of healthy lungs.

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