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Singing Tesla Coils: Inspector Gadget

Seen at science museums, maker faires, and all over the internet, Singing Tesla Coils combine science and music in the most fantastical and memorable of ways. But how do they work? From Physics...

Match burning in slow motion

What’s happening when a match is lit? From Answers.com:  Matches contain sulfur, glass powder, and an oxidizing agent as the components in the match head. When you strike a match, the ...

Dara Ó Briain’s Science Club: What makes up a comet?

What makes up a comet? Professor Mark Miodownik mixes the makings of one together with comedians Dara Ó Briain and Mark Steel in this episode from Dara Ó Briain’s Science Club.

Come fly with me: the physics of why birds fly in V-formation

Why do birds often fly in a “V” shape formation? Researchers at the UK’s Royal Veterinary College have gathered data from individual ibises in a migratory flock to study why...

Biodegradable mushroom packaging from Ecovative Designs

What if we could replace plastics and styrofoam with something much more sustainable? Something that wouldn’t fill our landfills, pollute our beaches, or float out into our ocean gyres? ...

How to make geometric bubbles

How to make geometric bubbles. File under: fun thing we’ll be doing this weekend. There are more bubbles floating around in the archives. Thanks, @madfishmonger.

Can You Walk on Water? (Non-Newtonian Fluid Pool)

This commercial features a 2,100 gallon pool of the cornstarch and water mixture known as oobleck, one of our favorite non-newtonian fluids. It was filmed in Kuala Lumpur by KIX for a Malaysia...

The AIRPod: the car that runs on compressed air

With three wheels, pneumatic motors, and driven by a joystick, this ladybug of a car is compelling for both its unusual form and its power source: compressed air. The AIRPod was developed as a...

ScienceTake: The Incredible Physics of Ants

Are fire ants the oobleck of the animal world? The New York Times’ Science Take: The Incredible Physics of Ants looks into the fluid dynamics — yep, fluid dynamics — of these t...

Fabric of the Cosmos how-to video

this Fabric of the Cosmos how-to video from the 2012 SPS SOCK (Science Outreach Catalyst Kit). Meredith Woy and Melissa Hoffman build the model and then demonstrate orbits, tides, roche limi...

A space-time warping demo for the classroom

Physics Teacher SOS workshop leader Dan Burns demonstrates how he uses stretched spandex lycra, weights, marbles, and gravity in his high school classes to make this impressive space-time wa...

Isaac Newton vs. Rube Goldberg

Here’s a perception-bending video from 2012 by Rube Goldberg machine specialists 2D House: Isaac Newton vs. Rube Goldberg. How do you think they do it? There are always more Rube Goldber...

Minute Physics: What is Sea Level?

Sea Level! What is it and how do scientists calculate it? As it turns out, there are actually many complexities in determining this measurement. For example, Earth isn’t actually a sph...

Snow Facts Cheat Sheet

How is snow made? What temperatures make different kinds of snow? And can two snowflakes look exactly alike? The Science Channel has a quick Snow Facts Cheat Sheet video for questions just like this. There are more ...

Watch molten gold transform into gold leaf

Above, watch molten gold transform into gold leaf as it is beaten into thinner and thinner pieces while cold. This clip is from PBS’ six-part miniseries The Ring of Truth: An Inquiry I...

Glass through Glass by Alexander Chen

Some of our favorite instruments are made from things around the house and the sound of water in drinking glasses is a great example. Glass through Glass is a composition by Google Creative Director Alexander Chen, wh...

Luigi Prina: The Ships That Sail Through The Clouds.

We want to learn how to make flying vehicles like this. Meet Luigi Prina, the 83-Year-Old Builder of Flying Model Ships, in this fascinating video profile: The Ships That Sail Through The Clouds.  The flying ships ...

How Gardening at School Enables Interdisciplinary Learning

From Edutopia, this is the story of a high school student who brought his hobby — growing food with an aquaponic system for his family and neighbors — to his school’s underutilized greenhouse, creat...