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ExpeRimental: Homemade Lava Lamp & Rubber Band Cannons

Explore the densities of liquids and household objects with Olympia Brown and her daughter Viola. This is episode two of ExpeRimental, a new science-at-home series by the Royal Institution of Great Britain that aims t...

The Physics Behind a Curveball – The Magnus Effect

What makes a curveball curve? How do soccer players (or football players internationally) bend the ball in the air? Physics! It's specifically called The Magnus Effect, "the commonly observed effect in which a spinnin...

Understanding tether dynamics through kite flying

For Hilary Costello's ongoing Ph.D. research, she can be found inside at a computer, coding and writing equations, and outside flying kites in the wide open spaces of Cambridge University. Her goal: "design an aerodyn...

The difference between weather and climate change

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of StarTalk and Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, demonstrates the difference between weather and climate change as he walks along the beach with a dog.  Weather is ...

A Straight Rod Passing Through a Curved Hole

Imagine how you might pass a straight metal rod through a curved hole. How does that work if neither bends? Is it impossible? This demonstration at the Science Museum in Valencia, Spain shows that it's absolutely poss...

Google Glass in the Gobi: Dinosaur Nest

Aki Watanabe demonstrates the careful process of extracting and jacketing a nest of dinosaur eggs in the Gobi Desert. A graduate student at the AMNH’s Richard Gilder Graduate School, ...

Science Demo: Electromagnetic Induction

Generate your own electricity with some wire, a magnetic field, and the relative movement between the two of them: Alom Shaha explains electromagnetic induction using this hand-powered – or per...

Science Demo: How to make Pearls of Water

Gravitational acceleration + optical illusions + how to! In this Get Set… Demonstrate, science teacher Alom Shaha shows step by step how to create Pearls of Water, a physics-defying dem...

Neodymium magnet in FAT copper pipe

There are quite a few neodymium magnets falling through copper pipes on the internet, but we can still understand why this demonstration video is making the rounds: it’s just so cool lo...

Tales from the Prep Room: Making Sand Swim

From the Ri Channel's View the Tales from the Prep Room series, this is how you make a fluidized bed of sand: Making Sand Swim. Watch how these solids suddenly behave a lot like a fluid as a...

The Floating Water Bridge Demo

The Floating Water Bridge, a demonstration by Dr. Elmar C. Fuchs. Two beakers are filled with triply deionized water. Electrodes are added to each, exposing the water to high d.c. voltage. A cylindrical water bridge f...

GE’s Six Second Science Fair, a compilation

DIY experiments and videos are two of our favorite things, so we were thrilled to hear about GE’s Six Second Science Fair. The week-long celebration resulted in over 600 submitted proje...

Léon Theremin playing the theremin

It can be a challenge for some sound-making machines to be understood via video. Sometimes there’s no way to truly understand how it’s working without the experience of playing it....

NatSciDemos: Rotating Saddle

Rotating Saddle (and the science behind it) from the NatSciDemos team: A playground ball finds stability in a saddle when the saddle is rotating at the proper speed.Mechanical analog of...

Aluminum foil boat floating on a sulfur hexafluoride sea

It’s not magic, kiddo. It’s science! Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) is a colorless, odorless gas that is more dense than air at 6.12 g/L (at sea level). This density is why you can pour it into a glass c...

Veritasium: How Far Away is the Moon?

Veritasium's Derek Muller asks and answers: How Far Away is the Moon? (The Scale of the Universe) It takes the moon about 27 days to orbit the Earth. What makes it go round? It is the g...