How has nuclear power changed since Chernobyl?
Thursday, August 08, 2019
Poignant and bleak, the critically acclaimed HBO series Chernobyl revisits a difficult chapter in history to tell an important story about the role of science in society. While portions of the plot and characters have been embellished for TV, its an .. more

Clarity from Chaos: How Climate Models Could Be Better than We Think
Tuesday, August 06, 2019
Chaos theory encompasses large swathes of mathematics and physics, but it was Edward Lorenz who immortalized it in popular culture. His now-famous 1972 presentation, which summarized his decade-long work in the field, focused on a single provocative .. more



 
New worlds around strange stars are waiting to be discovered...and we're on the hunt.

TESS: A Satellite Scout for Nearby Exoplanets

New worlds orbiting strange stars are waiting to be discovered...and we're on the hunt.


What could we accomplish with machines that draw power from the air around us?

Meet the Tiny Machines that Harness Humidity for Power

What could we accomplish with machines that draw power from the air around us?


Getting humans to Mars safely means figuring out how to protect the body from the damage of cosmic rays.

Shields Up: What's Holding Up Human Travel to Mars?

Getting humans to Mars safely means figuring out how to protect the body from the damage of cosmic rays.


 
Get creative and learn the basics of magnetism at the same time with this fun blend of art & science!

Surprising Sculptures with Magnetic Magic

Get creative and learn the basics of magnetism at the same time with this fun blend of art & science!


Watch the interplay of electricity and magnetism in action, with this see-thru version of a classic physics demonstration!

Lenz's Law: Time Warp Tube

Watch the interplay of electricity and magnetism in action, with this see-thru version of a classic physics demonstration!


Learn how this mysterious

Wheels and Whirlwinds: the Coriolis Effect

Learn how this mysterious force works with a trip to the playground!



PhysicsQuest: Spectra's Energetic Escape

Out Now: Spectra's Energetic Escape!


PhysicsQuest: "Spectra's Energetic Escape!" has shipped!

Did you miss your chance to get the free kit, but still want to follow Spectra's adventures—and explore all the fun experiments that go along with Spectra's Energetic Escape? You can find the comic, along with the teacher's manual edition, on the PhysicsQuest page!

The students at Tesla Junior High are thrilled to hear that their favorite magazine, Fetch, has selected their school to be profiled in their upcoming issue. There's just one twist—they aren't profiling the whole school, just a select 16 that will be competing in 24 hours of challenges to win tickets to see the latest, hottest boy band, the Free Radicals! 

As usual, however, things don't go as planned. Your students will learn about energy and motion while they help their favorite middle school students escape the accidental catastrophe caused by Nolan R. Gibbs (N.R.G.), the editor in chief of Fetch. Learn about energy transfer in pendulums, making a potential energy powered pinwheel, energy and friction, and bouncy ball rockets! See who makes it to the concert...or even makes it out alive!

If you'd like to download past manuals or comics and create your own kits, that can be done through links on the About PhysicsQuest page.

Read all of our physics comic books online, and follow the adventures of Spectra, the original laser superhero.

 

 

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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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