Stunning Video: Turning Alcohol In to Art

By Dirk Hanson 03/25/11

Just as each snowflake is unique, so are the surreal splashes of color that can be viewed when you put a Bloody Mary under a high-powered microscope. Just check out the images in this YouTube video in which chemistry students at Florida State University put various drinks under super-microscopes, magnifying them about 1000 times. Produced by a group called Bevshots, the results can seem dazzling. Each variety of alcohol has a different molecular makeup--and a different visual presentation. "What you can see in the magnified pictures are the crystallized carbohydrates that have become sugars and glucose," explains Lester Hutt, the founder of Bevshots. Zooming in on a Bloody Mary over 1,000 times produces a beautiful spectrum of natural, awe-inspiring art. Just don't drink it.

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