Dropping the Ball (video) University of Chicago Loading video... Caption Cornstarch and water is a smart material derived from simple components. This video shows a bowling ball bouncing off the surface of the mixture, which also can catch a dropped egg without breaking it. Credit Heinrich Jaeger/University of Chicago Usage Restrictions News organizations may use this video in connection with news stories about the research of Heinrich Jaeger and Scott Waitukaitis. Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.