New Technology Could Better Detect Dangerous Materials At US Ports
Friday, April 24, 2015
Image credit: Tristan Taussac via flickr | http://bit.ly/1HZOFqnRights information: http://bit.ly/1haBUhXIt is the stuff of scientists' nightmares and science fiction writers' plot points: a nuclear weapon is slipped into the U.S. on a cargo ship and det... more

Hubble Turns 25: Our Top 5 Images and an Anniversary Reveal
Thursday, April 23, 2015
The Hubble Space Telescope turns 25 tomorrow and like many other science organizations, we've compiled a list of some of our favorite Hubble images over the years. Stay tuned to the bottom where we will reveal the official 25th anniversary image, unveile... more



 
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Wave-Particle Duality in One Image

Nonetheless, the principle of complementarity remains upheld.


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Deciphering Vesuvius Scrolls with "X-ray" Vision

Uncovering ancient, charred texts with physics.


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Passively Cool: A Departure from A/C

A potential low-energy alternative to air conditioning.


 
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Space Dust Impact

A close look at the dangers of space dust.


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Dark Matter Simulation

Simulations help bring the mysterious, invisible matter to light.


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Lunar Charge Protection

Can magnetic anomalies on the moon protect future explorers?


 
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India's Connection to the Stars

Documenting the astronomical beliefs of several Indian ethnic groups.


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The Science Behind World Cup Passing Networks

Network theory reveals successful World Cup strategies


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Back Lever Physics

Discover the physics behind this bodyweight skill and master it yourself


 
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3D and Polarization at Home

Grab some 3D glasses for this home experiment


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Sewing Kit Cartesian Diver

Exploring buoyancy with this quick experiment


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Balloon Acceleration in a Car

What happens to a helium balloon in an accelerating car?


 

Wine Physics
April 22, 2015
Join us on a three part tour of the physics behind wine making and tasting.

The Muon Camera
April 15, 2015
Learn how two undergraduate students made their own makeshift muon detector out of a digital camera.

Hollywood Earthquakes
April 08, 2015
California may not be at risk of sliding into the ocean, but how realistic are disaster movie earthquakes? Geologists gave us the scoop on Hollywood earthquakes in anticipation for this summer's disaster flick: San Andreas.

Entropy
April 01, 2015
How entropy explains how perpetual motion machines are impossible, why buildings crumble and the ultimate dark fate of the universe.

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Spectra: High Intensity

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PhysicsQuest kits have been sent! You should be able to help Spectra in her quest to defeat Miss Alignment in a few days. If you did NOT receive a kit this year but would like to join our mailing list, please add your name here.

Miss Alignment has broken out of jail and is on the loose hatching evil plans. Armed with a high IQ, an inferiority complex, and a secret lair, she will try yet again to control the town. Your students can help Spectra, her gang, and her new friend the Quantum Mechanic stop Miss Alignment’s focus on evil.

In celebration of the International Year of Light, this kit will have all of the equipment needed to teach students about bending light, spherical lenses, how color and energy are related, and how the sun’s light also carries heat. As the students do these activities, they will be applying all the skills they need to help our superheroes prevent Miss Alignment’s attempted town domination.

We will be sending out the Spectra: High Intensity kits (for free) in early January. If you would like to purchase last year’s kit, Spectra’s Quantum Leap, please visit our online store.

Answers and Winners of Spectra’s Quantum Leap can be found here.

For more information about the overall program, please visit the PhysicsQuest About Page.

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Read all of our physics comic books online, and follow the adventures of Spectra, the original laser superhero.

Science off the Sphere

Science off the Sphere

Astronaut and chemist Dr. Don Pettit did physics demos that are out of this world while he was aboard the International Space Station. Now you can enjoy videos of his fantastic micro-gravity experiments safely on the surface!

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