Kepler's Latest Results Offer Most Habitable Exoplanet Yet
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Exoplanets that are most likely to host life have eluded detection, until now. As far as we understand, the most likely place to find extraterrestrial life outside of our solar system is on a planet that is similar in size to Earth and located within the... more

Tune in Friday for a Webcast on BICEP2 Images of Gravitational Waves in the Cosmic Microwave Background
Thursday, April 17, 2014
From the Kavli Foundation announcement . . ."THE FIRST DEFINITIVE PROOF that the universe underwent an almost unimaginably fast expansion when it was only a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second old has taken the world by storm. This sud... more



 
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First Detection of Elusive Gravitational Waves Explained

One of the biggest discoveries in decades.


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In Depth: Fusion Strides at NIF

How scientists recently pushed closer to sustainable fusion


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Whirling Skirts Reveal Steady Patterns

An unexpected application of the Coriolis effect


 
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Quantum Cyberattack

Future quantum cryptography could be foiled by a laser attack


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Double Slit X-Rays

A modern-day take on the classic double-slit experiment


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Cobalt-60

Cobalt-60 a medical radiation source, was recently stolen in Mexico


 
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Back Lever Physics

Discover the physics behind this bodyweight skill and master it yourself


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Galilean Relativity and Galileo's Ship

How Galileo showed we aren't at the center of the universe


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How to Do a Handstand with Physics

Physics can help you master this move


 
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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


 

Earth: The Lucky Planet?
April 10, 2014
Despite estimates that there are trillions of planets in the universe, one scientist argues that we are effectively alone.

The Science of Self
April 02, 2014
Jennifer Ouellette, author of the new book "Me, Myself, and Why: Searching for the Science of Self," shares how physics and neurobiology intersect over the idea of emergence.

Beating the Game of Go
March 26, 2014
Chess masters have been beaten by computers, but machines still can't beat the best Go players. Nonetheless, mathematicians are working to perfect the art and science behind this classic game.

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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!

Information about this year’s PhysicsQuest kit can be found on the PhysicsQuest web page.

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Science off the Sphere

Astronaut and chemist Dr. Don Pettit did physics demos that are out of this world while he was aboard the International Space Station. Now you can enjoy videos of his fantastic micro-gravity experiments safely on the surface!

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