Dr Jennifer Cleary shows RTÉ 2fm's Chris Greene and Ciara King that it's possible to push a sharpened pencil through a sandwich bag full of water without it bursting all over them.

Throughout Science Week, Dr Cleary is impressing a number of 2fm DJs with a series of fun science experiments.

The science behind the trick ... explained

The sandwich bag is made from long chains of molecules called polymers.

In this case a polymer called low-density polyethylene (LDPE). The polymers are flexible, so the tip of the pencil pushes them apart rather than breaking them.

Because they are flexible, the polymer then forms a temporary seal around the pencil.

If you remove the pencil, the hole stays in the plastic bag because the polymers were stretched apart. qed.

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