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Videos
The Science of Rubberbands Why do rubberbands stretch?
Pumpkin Guts What's inside your Halloween pumpkin?
Microscopes - Making a Hay Infusion Grow a culture of microorganisms
Microscopes - Making a Wet Mount Another way to prepare specimens
Introduction to the Microscope An introduction to the microscope
The Slow Race A challenge that combines science, engineering, and creative thinking.
Obedient Coin Can you get the coin out from under the glass without touching it? Of course you can!
Strange Flame, part 2 The answer to part 1.
Scientific Thought and Creative Thinking, Part 1 A challenge in creative, scientific thinking.
Scientific Thought and Creative Thinking, Part 2 Part two of Creative Thinking
Scientific Thought and Creative Thinking, Part 3 Part three of the Creative Thinking series
Law of Superposition Reading the Rocks: Which is oldest?
Law of Crosscutting Reading the Rocks: Which is oldest?
Looking at the Present Reading the Rocks: Past and Present
Nephoscope Build a simple device for detecting cloud movement.
The Knuckle Trick The answer to the Knuckle Trick challenge
Water on a String A very useful, classic science experiment
Building a Rain Gauge For such a simple device, rain gauges can tell us incredible things.
Building a Rain Gauge, part 2 Take the next step in exploring rain.
A Model of the Water Cycle Make a scientific model of the water cycle.
Science Friction A simple friction challenge that might surprise you.
Calling a Woodpecker A simple technique for attracting woodpeckers.
Bendable Bones - Updated A classic investigation into the chemistry of bones.
Reading a Skeleton A bit of forensic osteology can help you read the bones.
Science and the Haunted Pumpkin Use simple chemistry to enhance a ghost story for Halloween
Igneous Sugar Make rock candy to explore the difference between magma and lava.
Sunglass Science: Birefringence This time we will explore things that are usually invisible, revealing new things about the world around us.
Sunglass Science: Polarized Light Grab your shades for a different way of seeing the world around you.
Bird Bones Dissect a bird to compare its skeleton with ours.
Water in a Glass, Part 3 The answer to Part 2, and a fun "science trick."
Water in a Glass, Part 2 The answer to part 1, and a new challenge.
Water in a Glass, part 1 What really keeps the water inside this inverted glass?
Lighting a Bulb With a Balloon Can you really light a lightbulb with a balloon? Of course you can!
Science of Credit Cards How is the information stored on a credit card, and why does putting a plastic bag over an old card make it scan better?
Laser Projection Microscope Turn a $5 laser pointer into a projection microscope!
Smoke Rings A simple way to produce beautiful smoke rings.
Producers Learn about the lifeforms that make up the base of the foodchain.
The Compass and Magnetic Fields Use the compass you constructed in Video 149 to explore magnetic fields, from electric wires to your kitchen cabinets.
Make a Compass Construct a compass with household materials.
A Walk in the Park You don't have to go on safari to see some amazing wild life.
Floating Cups Help figure out the science behind this simple trick.
The Leyden Jar Learn to construct a 25,000 volt Leyden Jar from materials found around the house. This dramatic, yet safe, demonstration is a
The Science of Flutes Learn about the science of sound as we see how a flute works.
Observation Careful observation plays a large role in science. How skilled are you at observation?
Mirage What is a mirage, and why do they happen?
Global Science Use a globe of the Earth to learn about seasons, day and night, and the scale of the solar system.
Mass and Weight Why are mass and weight so confusing?
Strange Flame, part 1 Can you figure out why the flame moves backwards?
Radioactive What does it mean when we say that something is radioactive?
The Cloud Chamber A cool way to see evidence of subatomic particles.
The Fire Diamond What does it take for something to burn?
Illusions Learn some of the science behind optical illusions.
Mobius Space Can an empty space have only one side?
Magic Coin Use science to make a coin seem to magically rise from a matchbox.
A Color You Can't See Use your cell phone to see a color you can't see
Balloon on a Stick Learn the science behind this classic demonstration.
Dry Ice Learn some fun tricks with dry ice as we explore the science of sublimation.
A Watched Pot Who would think that there could be so much science in a pot of boiling water?
A Boat Full of Holes Learn about surface tension with a boat made out of holes.
Feathers For such simple things, feathers have an amazing amount of science built in.
Bird on a Wire How can birds sit on powerlines without being shocked?
Egg States When is a change of state not really a change of state?
Koffka Ring Illusion An easy illusion to trick your brain.
Making Craters Make your own craters, and compare them with photos of the real thing.
Changing the Speed of Light Can you really change the speed of light? Of course you can!
Continuous Change Just as we change as we age, the Earth changes too, wearing away in some places and building back up in others.
Recycle With Americans producing 600,000 tons of garbage a day, it is important to look at what we throw away.
Spoon on Your Nose Use science to stick a spoon to your nose.
The Pool, the Boat, and the Anchor, part 2 The answer to video 111
The Pool, the Boat, and the Anchor Do you really understand why things float and sink?
Two Coins Instant science: An illusion to make two coins look like three.
Osmosis Explore a chemical process that keeps your cells going.
Just a Suggestion Can you resist scratching your nose?
Simple Circuit Construct a simple circuit and use it to test conductors and insulators.
Introduction to Light Emitting Diodes Using LEDs as a way to get started learning about electricity.
The Versorium Construct a simple device for detecting static charges.
Solar Power A look at one of the world's largest solar power plants to learn about reflection and refraction.
White Foam If bubbles are clear, then why are soap suds white?
Wax and Wood, part 2 The answer to the challenge. Did you get it right?
Wax and Wood, part 1 We start by putting wood and wax into water, and watching them separate. The challenge is to get them to change places.
The Stroop Effect How well does your brain work with two bits of information at the same time
Wonderful Water Because it is so common, we forget how chemically bizarre water is.
Iron Cereal What do they put into breakfast cereal to give you your daily requirement of iron?
Kneesy, Earsy, Nosey How good are you at moving across the midline?
Cola Color Why do cola drinks contain caramel color?
The Bullroarer Make this simple, science toy to learn about sound, while making sounds to annoy,..I mean amuse
 your family.
Taking a Marshmallow Apart Take a marshmallow apart to see what it is made of.
Stable Image Learn how your brain stabilizes images.
Scaring Pepper Learn about surface tension on water while playing a fun trick on your friends.
Why Wet Things Won't Burn What is it about water that keeps things from burning?
The Hottest Part of the Flame? What is the hottest part of a flame? It may not be where you think it is.
Science Fair Panic, part 4 What if things go WRONG?!?!.
Science Fair Panic, part 3 This time we talk about controlling variables.
Science Fair Panic, part 2 This time we talk about research and forming a hypothesis.
Hydrothermal Quartz How can hot water form such beautiful quartz crystals? It takes a lot of pressure!
Chromatography Can you tell which pen was used to write a message? Of course you can, if you know the science of chromatography.
White Balance Have you ever taken a photo that turned out very yellow or with a blue tint? Now you will know why.
Testing for Tannic Acid A fun but smelly test to find tannins in your food.
More Science of Balance Make this fun, science toy, and learn more about how things balance.
Mystery of the Glassy Tube How quickly can you figure it out?
Mystery of the Golden Needles Another Cabinet of Curiosities mystery.
Rocks An introduction to rocks and the rock cycle.
Identifying Minerals Using simple tests such as luster, hardness, and cleavage/fracture, you can identify most common minerals.
What is a Mineral? Forget "animal, vegetable, or mineral?" The scientific definiton of a mineral is much more specific.
75% Water 75% of the Earth’s surface is water., but that only scratches the surface, as Robert dives into this deep subject.
Floating Bubbles Float bubble on a layer of invisible gas.
Bernoulli Effect A simple challenge that does not work the way you would expect.
Cabbage Indicator Make an easy indicator solution for identifying acids and bases.
Changing Colors, Part 2 A continuation of video 120. This time we will mix two clear liquids to form a white liquid. Then we mix that with the black l
Changing Colors, Part 1 Can you mix two clear liquids to produce a black liquid? Of course you can!
Fireworks Colors How do they get all the different colors in fireworks?
Hunting With an Umbrella What strange creatures would you hunt with an umbrella?
Curves Illusion Which of these curved pieces of paper is longer?
Sorting Salt and Pepper Can you mix salt and pepper and then sort them out again? Of course you can!
Blowing Out a Candle It is amazing how much science is involved in the simple act of blowing out a candle.
Written Experiments
More Cold Tomatoes
Egg in a Bottle
Egg-zactly the Point
Balloon Pairs
Bottle Race
Brain Freeze
Breathing Hot and Cold
Broccoli Science
Catching Money
Coffee Rings
Comb Kazoo
Dancing Raisins
Dark Lines
Dirty Words of Science
A Watched Pot What can you learn by watching a pot of boiling water? A LOT!
Changing How We Look at Changing Rethinking chemical and physical changes.
Yellowing Paper
Pepper Hot
Seeing Alternating Current
Talking to Frogs
The Place You Can't See
The Screamer
Two Way Mirrors
Water Beads
Waves from Waves
Where Plants Grow
Packing Your Bags
Polar Dressing
Ketchup on Your Cleaning
Long Lens A simple lens made from an olive jar.
The Knuckle Trick A fun science trick to make you think your arm is getting shorter.
A Homemade Barometer
Butter Science What is butter made of?
Trick Birthday Candles
Hold Your Nose Can you tell what flavor candy you are eating?
Rock Stacking
Spore Prints Study fungi by making spore prints
Egg Geodes Grow crystals in an egg shell.
Panning for Iron
Penny Chemistry, part 1
Whistle Stick, part 2
Whistle Stick
Knuckle Cracking
Three Holes
Saving Water
Which is the Magnet?
Which is the Magnet, part 2
Eclipse Watching
Cone of Sound
Static and Humidity
Gasping at Straws
One Eye or Two
Flat Water
Bad Chocolate?
Balloon Chase
Building a Nest
A Compass at the South Pole
Cooling Fans
Feeling a Point (or two)
Fireworks Colors
Flame Retardants
Floating Bubbles
The Smell of Money
Through Rose Colored Glasses
Straining a Flame
Magnetic Lines?
Hay Infusion
Solar Distillary
Starch Test
CD Spectrum
Demagnetizing
Fluorescent Blues (and Yellows)
Making a Magnet
Mini-Cracker
Oxygen, Yes
Ripe Fruit
Salt cubes
Self Sealing Paper
Smell and Humidity
Nine Folds
Simple Cloud in a Bottle
Static Magic
Make Your Own Stereogram
Strange Starch
Temperature and Taste
Weird Magnets
Good Vibrations
Listening to Lightning
Invisible Candle Snuffer
Making Money Appear
The Hollow Candle
A Real Tuning Fork
Bouncing Remotes
Dirty Television
Feeling Sound
Flickering Fingers
Adding to a Full Cup
Making Tracks
No Broken Bones
An Easy Electromagnet
Standing an Egg on its End
The Paper Siphon
The Power of Lemons
Silver Penny
Oil Ball
Floating Water Drops
Blowing Out a Candle
Drawing Life Sized Dinosaurs
Can Water Float?
Blowing Up a Phone Book
Monocots and Dicots
Quick, Easy Crystals
Punnett Squares
Ice Cream Foam
Sweet Tea
Is Gravity a Theory or a Law?
Verdigris
What's Burning?
Campfires
Smoking Fingers
Egg Bubbles
Bean Power
Mirror Writing
Thoughts on Trees
Glowing TV
Smell-less stainless
Paper Petals
Richter Scale
Freezer Fun
Fooling Your Clock
Floating M's
Flexing Small Muscles
Finger Feedback
Finding Fat
Feeling the Pressure
Emergency Light
Thinning Stream, part 2
Hot and Cold Water
Herding Water
Seeing UFOs?
Half Full or Half Empty
Getting to the Root
Water Prism
Spider Spotting
Making Your Face Vanish
Looking into Your Eyes
Jurassic Vibrations
Ice Race
Ice Cream Cooler
Scale Model of the Solar System
Reversing Flag
Producing Static Charges
Potato Clicks
Pendulum Perils
Paper Rope
Paper Glasses
Paper Cuts
One Glass Musical
Old Water
No Dented Cans
Moving Waves
Thinning Stream
Ice Cream Spoons
The Simplest Leyden Jar
Five Cents
Taste and Smell
Straw Trombone
Spoon Reversals
Soil Types
Simple Quacks
Shadow Colors
Seeing Spots
Safe Insecticide
Hypothesis
Big Numbers
Soda Water Fountain
Sand Angles
A Pretend Telescope
Magnifying Glass
Instant Fizz
Hearing Directions
Floating Finger
Fiber Optic Water
Clear Ice
Bread Bubbles
Bernoulli in the Shower
Arm Raising
What's the Password
Weathering the Ages
Thunder Rumbles
The Speed of Electricity
Fat Finding
Attractive Cereal
Balancing a Hammer
Lifting an Ice Cube
Measuring Lightning
How Many Coins?
Density Column
Sweet Geology
Specific Heat
Nephoscope
Invisible Light
Edible Candle
Cartesian Raisins
Cold Tomatoes
Tummy Rumbles
Three Part Pasta
Space Shuttle Tragedy
Lunar Illusion
Smelling in Stereo
Cool Spray
Potato Water
Cleaning the Silver
The Science of Spit
Testing the Smoke Detector
Balloon on a Stick
Potato Polarity
Simple Electrolysis
Sticky Water
A Clean Trick
Melting Icebergs
OJ Ice Crystals
Is it Safe to Heat Water in a Microwave Oven?
Static Cling?
Viscosity
Water, Oil, and Ice
Lint
Sail Fans
Rubber Band Waves
Sorting Salt and Pepper, How Many Ways?
Acid Hunt
How Much Rain?
Smell the Flowers
Contagious Yawns
Square in the Grass
Insect Hunting
The Hole in Your Hand
3D Photos Make and view your own 3D photos.
3D Chalk
Pinecone Weather
Is That Really a Diamond?
Homemade Fossil Dig
Balancing a Meter Stick
Fish in a Bucket
More Fish in a Bucket
Light from a Lifesaver
Broadcasting Radio With Your Socks
Rubber Magnets
Stirring Sand
Why Fry?
Stirring Sand, part 2
The Solution to Crystals
Water Wall
Science Photos
Science Photo of the Day #970My iced tea is darker here in Utah than it was in Florida. Why?
Who Evolved on First?Who Evolved on First?
Science Photo of the Day #947Why are marshmallows called marshmallows?
Fact checking GMOsFact checking GMOs
Science Photo of the Day #933Is snow classified as a rock? A mineral? Both? Neither?
Science Photo of the Day #916Why is quack medicine sometimes called "snake oil"?
Science Photo of the Day #911Corn and other genetically modified organisms, often called GMOs, have been in the news recently. Why do diabetics like GMOs?
Science Photo of the Day #902Is it true that you can mix common, household chemicals with a popular carbonated soda to make it glow in the dark?
Science Photo of the Day #893This cabbage from our friends garden has leaves similar to the broccoli that I am growing. How closely related are they?
Science Photo of the Day #892Why does this plant make me think about buying a bicycle?
Science Photo of the Day #890This strange creature showed up in my office today. If you found one in your house, what should you do?
Science Photo of the Day #885In addition to the feeders, the plants under the feeder are also food for the birds. What kind of plants are they?
Science Photo of the Day #886I took this photo through the microscope today. This is an important part of an animal's defense. What is it?
Science Photo of the Day #884You have probably heard the old saying that someone is "blind as a bat." How well do bats actually see?
Science Photo of the Day #883When my pet tarantula molts, she spins a web to lie on. How does she keep from getting stuck in her own web?
Science Photo of the Day #875What is making this sound?
Science Photo of the Day #873How can a rattlesnake eat its prey without being poisoned?
Science Photo of the Day #872
Science Photo of the Day #869OK, time for some detective work. This microphotograph is comparing two things. What are they?
Feeding Bread to BirdsFeeding Bread to Birds. The Science Photo that turned into a blog post.