Three Observations From a Winter Wonderland Explained with Physics
Thursday, January 29, 2015
On Tuesday the "storm of the century" rolled through the northeast of the United States and despite it not living up to the doom and gloom predictions, many places, including here in DC, received a decent amount of snow and ice.While walking through... more

Podcast: Which Way to Mercury?
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Mercury has a big month coming up, with the 40th anniversary of Mariner 10's final flyby on March 16th and the planned conclusion of the MESSENGER mission a couple of weeks later.  To date, these are the only two spacecraft to have visited the inne... more



 
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Passively Cool: A Departure from A/C

A potential low-energy alternative to air conditioning.


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Measuring Drought with GPS

Tracking how strongly water pushes on the Earth's crust.


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Curiosity vs. Other Mars Missions

How do recent Mars missions compare to the popular Curiosity rover?


 
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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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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?


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Ice Cream at Home

Learn the physics behind making this tasty treat


 

Which Way to Mercury?
January 28, 2015
Although Mercury is much closer to Earth than even Mars, it's among the most difficult planets to study with space probes due in part to its proximity to the sun. A spacecraft launching next year will endure Mercury's extreme temperatures and gravitational complications to study this mysterious planet.

The Science of Shakespeare (Repost)
January 21, 2015
Shakespeare grew up during the scientific revolution, and it may have directly influenced his works. Some even argue that his plays served as allegories for scientific debates. (Originally published on April 23, 2014).

Paleomagnetism 101
January 14, 2015
What can Earth's magnetic field teach us about our planet's past?

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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.

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