Podcast: How a Telephone Company Revolutionized Science Outreach
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Before Neil deGrasse Tyson; before Bill Nye; before Beakman and Mr. Wizard; before Carl Sagan—there was Dr. Research.On the set of Our Mr. Sun (from left), Academy-Award winning director Frank Capra, leading Frank C. Baxter ("Dr. Research") and Eddie Alb... more

For Real-Life Transformers, Mix Paper, Batteries and Origami
Monday, August 18, 2014
Originally published: Aug 7 2014 - 2:00pm, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Charles Q. Choi, Contributor(Inside Science) -- Disappointed that your Transformers action figures can't transform themselves? Researchers have created real-life transformer robots... more



 
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Holograms: From Credit Cards to Chocolate

Holograms' uses range from practical to purely aesthetic.


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Memory, Thermodynamics, and Time

New strides in explaining the arrow of time


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The Dawn of the Tetraquark

A new particle discovery requires some rethinking in particle physics


 
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Lunar Charge Protection

Can magnetic anomalies on the moon protect future explorers?


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American Cells

Epithelial cells grown in the shape of the United States


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Quantum Cyberattack

Future quantum cryptography could be foiled by a laser attack


 
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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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Ice Cream at Home

Learn the physics behind making this tasty treat


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Homemade Lava Lamp

Embrace your inner 1970’s teenage self with this makeshift lava lamp


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Hovering Snowflake Decorations

Decorate in style this holiday season with static electricity


 

How a Telephone Company Revolutionized Science Outreach
August 20, 2014
Before Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson, there was Dr. Research and Mr. sun, characters from the hugely influential Bell Laboratory Science Series.

Hypervelocity Stars
August 13, 2014
Looking for a one-way trip out of our galaxy? Hitch a ride on a hypervelocity star if you're looking to escape our galaxy's gravity. Listen in this week to see how these super-speedy stars come to be.

The 2014 Flame Challenge
August 06, 2014
We sat down with Youtube star and "Flame Challenge" winner Diana Cowern to discuss her sometimes wacky but always enlightening physics outreach videos.

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The Quantum Mechanic

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Tesla Junior High is in ruins after H. Toueaux destroyed the gym during the big swim meet. The gang is scattered between 3 different middle schools as they wait for their school to be rebuilt. When Lucy’s mom takes their ancient mini-van to Black Body Repair, she gets a little more than she bargained for. Owner and chief mechanic Pauli Black gives the van more than new brakes, she gives it a quantum kick. With the gang so spread out, Spectra will have to use both her laser powers and the quantum additions to her mom’s mini-van to stop the Quantum Mechanic's super-powered machines.

Learn about topics in modern physics including  what’s hidden in a rainbow, why physicists sometimes claim there are 10 dimensions and why Wint-O-Green lifesavers spark in the dark while helping Spectra!

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