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The Beauty of Clouds

Ever since I was little, clouds have fascinated me.   A simple little visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere,  I realize, but mesmerizing, nonetheless.  Storm clouds have especially intrigued me over the years, and with weather season right around the corner there is no better time to talk about clouds, then now! As a child I would lay in the [...]

The Science Behind Denver's Brown Cloud

The bad air in Denver is notorious. It's so bad that it has a name - the Brown Cloud. Denver's location at the foot of the Rocky Mountains make it prone to temperature inversions in which warm air traps cooler air near the ground, preventing pollutants from rising into the atmosphere. What is a temperature inversion? Warm air is lighter than cold air. Hot [...]

Staff Spotlight on JJ – Master of Production

Q: Tell us a little about who you are… A: I am a very personable and outgoing person who loves to make the best out of every situation. I feel as though no man or woman is better than the next and that we all need to work close to one another to really expand our horizons in life. Having the privilege to work [...]

Ellen Show – Spangler Science Take 9 – It's Raining Ping Pong Balls!

We're back from the Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, California with lots of fun stories from our latest appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. When I say 'we'... I mean 'we' because there's no way I could pull these segments off by myself. Jeff Brooks, Carly Reed and Lisa Brooks traveled with me and worked hard backstage and on the outside [...]
Teach Sun Safety with UV Beads

Teach Sun Safety with UV Beads

There are so many creative things to make and do with Spangler Science's Color Changing UV Beads - that we're going to focus on how they teach sun safety. Our UV Color Changing Beads are pony beads that are treated so that they react with the sun's UV rays.  The beads are snow white when they are not in the sun, and then turn [...]

5 Cool Science Experiments Using Pretty Much Nothing But Water!

You don't need to spend a lot of money on science supplies. Heck, with these, all you need to do is turn on the water faucet! 1.  Okay, ice is water, right?  How do ice skaters glide across the ice so smoothly and quickly?  It’s all about the science.  Get out a dinner plate and put a large glass on it, upside [...]

The Science Behind Hurricanes

Twenty-seven people have died and President Obama has declared New York a major disaster zone as the Superstorm Sandy continues to move across and devastate the Northeast. Sandy is one of the largest hurricanes to ever strike the United States. The storm covers an area of more an 1,000 miles. The storm has gone from a Tropical Storm to a Hurricane, back [...]

How to Catch a Ghost – Ghostly Dry Ice Boo Bubbles

By Blog Editor Susan Wells Do you have amateur ghost hunters running amuck in your house? Or are you looking for a fun activity to do during a Halloween or classroom party? Look no further than our Boo Bubbles experiment. Boo Bubbles are fog-filled touchable, bouncing bubbles. The bubbles actually trap vapor from a mixture of dry ice and warm water to make [...]

The Science of Tornadoes

Tornado season and extreme weather have come early to parts of the midwest already this year. Tornadoes cause widespread damage and loss of lives. But what is the science behind what causes a tornado to form? Tornadoes are funnels of spinning air. The winds may reach 250 (400 kilometers) an hour while they bounce and run across the land. They usually form [...]