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Growing Bacteria Experiment Helps BJ and Howie from Alice 105.9 Search for "Things" in the Studio

BJ and Howie are familiar voices to morning listeners of Alice 105.9. Whenever their conversation veers off on a science tangent, I know that my phone might ring. Several months ago, Howie was so certain that the studio was infected with mold…
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Science Chat on Irish Talk Radio

Sean Moncrieff is the host of the Afternoon Show on Newstalk 106-108 FM in Ireland. This nationally syndicated show features news stories ranging from the serious to the zany... maybe that's why they called. While waiting for my segment, I listened…

Facebook and Myspace for Teachers

I recently recorded a conversation held between me and Stephan Spencer, president of search engine optimization company, Netconcepts. Spencer talks about the basics of both social networking sites, such as whether or not you should make your…

Science Fair Boot Camp reporting for duty, sir!

Doubling the number of participants in science fairs is a personal goal of mine, mainly because of the approach taken to it by teachers. We often tell kids that they have to participate in the upcoming science fair, but we haven't shown them…
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The Deep Voice Gas - Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6)

It was fun to see David Willey on The Tonight Show this evening doing some nice variations on the classic sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) demo. This is the inert gas that is six times heavier than the air we breath. If you breath in helium (six times…
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Make Fire! Viewer Answers a Challenge

I felt like Tom Hanks in Cast Away as I raised my bundle of tinder and exclaimed, "I made fire!" Several months ago, I mentioned on air that I had never seen anyone who could rub two sticks together and make fire. By the time I stepped off the…
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Water Jelly Crystals - Superabsorbent Polymers

There's always a buzz this time of year about ways to conserve water as we head into the hot and dry summer months (but remember that there's no such thing as global warning!) Aside from reducing the amount of water we use, the water-wise are…
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Leprechauns Strike Again with Green Water

I will never forget St. Patrick's Day 2006. This morning I woke to the screams of our almost four year old twins, Mark and Scott. "Daddy, wake up! Look at what those Leprechauns did," yelled Scott. I jumped out of bed to find…
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The Bike Helmet Myth: Slow Riders Don’t Need to Wear Helmets

The Colorado State science fair judges were not the only ones who were impressed with Raleigh Burt, an 8th grader from Sargent Junior High School in Alamosa, Colorado. His first place, award-winning project caught the attention of many people…
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Raleigh Burt - Colorado State Science Fair Winner

What does it take to be a state science fair winner? Listen to my podcast with Raleigh Burt, an 8th grader at Sargent Junior High in Alamosa, Colorado. This young man has a tremendous amount of wisdom and great advice for anyone who wants some…