Steve Spangler Toilet Papers The Ellen DeGeneres' Studio

In his 15th appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today, Steve Spangler brought a few of his science tricks to the talk show.

Steve Spangler Toilet Papers The Ellen DeGeneres Studio

Steve made yet another colossal mess on Ellen’s set as he rigged 60 leaf blowers with 60 toilet paper rolls to launch at the same time. When Ellen pushed the button, the studio was instantly swallowed up by flying toilet paper as a demonstration of Bernoulli’s Principle.

Ellen also demonstrated centripetal force by swinging a tub of water over her head.

To watch The Ellen Show in its entirety, check your local listings.

Have You Heard of Ask.fm? How to Navigate This & Other Teen Social Networks

By Blog Editor Susan Wells

Raising a child today is more complex than dealing with our childhood bullies who teased us and made nasty comments about us to others, but within our own earshot. Some even wrote nasty things about others on the bathroom stall walls. The bullies of our childhoods, as painful as they were, didn’t have half as many routes and opportunities as they do today. Yesterdays bullies couldn’t operate as anonymous and we had time to recover in the safety of our own homes.

Have You Heard of Ask.fm? How to Navigate This & Other Teen Social Networks

Today, teens and tweens deal with bullying around the clock, in the safety of their own bedroom as well as the school yard and even from those they don’t know.

Just as we began to get a hold on our tweens and teens Facebook and Twitter accounts, they began to expand into Instagram, YouTube, Vine, SnapChat, Tumblr, the list goes on and on. The latest network to catch fire in the under 18 crowd is Ask.fm. A network that is only recently becoming recognized by parents.

According to a report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, American teens are not concerned about their privacy  -

  • 91% post a photo of themselves, up from 79% in 2006.
  • 71% post their school name, up from 49%.
  • 71% post the city or town where they live, up from 61%.
  • 53% post their email address, up from 29%.
  • 20% post their cell phone number, up from 2%.

Teens aren’t the only ones guilty of over sharing online. Most of us on social networks have shared a piece of our privacy or personal issue without stopping to think about the repercussions.

Just as in school and person, teens are deeply vulnerable and malliable to the responses and comments shared with them.

That’s the basis behind Ask.fm, a network based in Latvia. Anyone can create an anonymous or fictitious account without providing personal information. This respects the privacy of the users, but opens up the network for anonymous and vicious users. The site is supposed to be a place for teens to ask all types of (embarrassing) questions anonymously and receive responses.

The site is instead becoming a place for malicious attacks and has been linked to two suicides in the United States and even more in Great Britain, including Rebecca Sedwick. She was 12 years old when she jumped off a tower to her death in September because of bullying on Ask.fm. Two girls, ages 12 and 14, have been charged with felony aggravated stalking.

In less than five minutes of surfing around on Ask.fm, we found attacks and negativity. Although the majority of what we found was innocent and teen stuff, there was a lot of disturbing chats and harassment.

Have You Heard of Ask.fm? Your Kids Have...How to Navigate This & Other Teen Social Networks

Here’s one teen’s perspective on Ask.fm from the Huffington Post.

But this isn’t the only site your teen or preteen is visiting, nor is it the cause for all suicides. There are several apps and networks where our young adults are spending time without parental guidance. Don’t you worry – once these are discovered by the parenthood, new ones will crop up without our knowledge. The key is to stay up with current teen trends the best you can and keep an open dialogue with your teen. If you don’t know your Pheed from your Wanelo, read this post on The Mirror.

Whatever you do, don’t turn a blind eye and bury your head in the Internet noise.

Have You Heard of Ask.fm? Your Kids Have...How to Navigate This & Other Teen Social Networks

11-Year-Old Invents Sandless Sandbags That Use Polymer Similar to Insta-Snow

Fort Lauderdale, Florida sixth grader Peyton Robertson may revolutionize how we protect ourselves and property from flooding.

Earlier this month, he won the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for his sandless sandbag. The Young Scientist Challenge is sponsored by 3M and the Discovery Channel Education and is open to students in grades 5 – 8. The 2014 challenge opens in late December. Student scientists can win cash prizes and trips.

11-Year-Old Invents Sandless Sandbags That Use Polymer Similar to Insta-Snow
Courtesy ABC News

Robertson, who wants to be an inventor when he grows up, has invented a sandbag that doesn’t use sand to stop flooding. His bag is “sandless” and contains a much lighter polymer. Sandbags weigh about 40 pounds each, but the sandless sandbag only weighs only a few pounds.

The sandless bag is filled with a mixture of an “ultra-fluid” polymer and salt. When the bag gets wet, the polymer absorbs water and expands, keeping water from seeping through the cracks between bags. This bag is heavy when expanded and won’t float away either.

11-Year-Old Invents Sandless Sandbags That Use Polymer Similar to Insta-Snow
Courtesy ABC News

The polymer looks very similar to our Water Gel or Insta-Snow, or the polymer found in a baby diaper. Insta-Snow starts out as a fine white powder, but when water is added, the powder absorbs it and quickly expands.

Insta-Snow Powder - Water Absorbing Polymer

Robertson says he came up with the idea after he and his family hid in a closet during Hurricane Wilma in 2005. It was the third hurricane in the 2005 season to reach Category 5 status. Wilma was also the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Atlantic and was responsible for 62 deaths. His neighborhood was devastated by the damage, so Robertson set off to find a way to keep the water out.

 

Source: ABC News

 

 

Halloween Science Activities from The Spangler Effect

Thank you for joining us on The Spangler Effect Live this week for our last minute Halloween science demos and activities. During the two hours, Steve and Higginsworth shared a lot of fun, messy and loud experiments for spooky fun. If you missed the broadcasts, we have both available in this post. If you want more information on any of the experiments shared, we have included links to many of them too.

The Spangler Effect Live - Last Minute Halloween Demos

Don’t forget, October 31, 2013 is the last day to get the Halloween Science Experiment Guide for $1.99! And be sure to check out our After Halloween Inventory Blow Out – save on our top Halloween products before Halloween is even over.

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