Historic Atom Smasher Felled
Friday, January 23, 2015
Unfortunate news out of Pittsburgh this week. The nearly 80-year-old, long defunct Westinghouse Atom Smasher has been toppled.The felled Atom Smasher in Forest Hills, Penn.Image: WTAE PittsburghThe five-story steel bulb was the first industrial particle ... more

A New Anti-Water Metal: What It Is and What It Is Not
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Scientists at the University of Rochester have created new metal surfaces that are super water repellent, using short intense laser blasts. Because these surfaces don't accumulate water, they are self-cleaning and resistant to both corrosion and ice, mak... more



 
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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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Electrifying Tesla Coil Music and Fashion

Creating art with stunning electric arcs


 
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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


 

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?

Radioisotopes in Medicine
January 07, 2015
Radioisotopes have been successfully used to treat a number of cancers, and they're still used today safely as well. But the unethical use of radioisotopes also left a black mark in the history of medicine.

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Spectra: High Intensity

Ms Alignment

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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.

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.

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