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Floating Beach Balls and Flying Toilet Paper

You can have a ton of fun with a beach ball, a leaf blower and a few dozen rolls of toilet paper. While this is an easy way to "TP" someone's house, may I remind you that you promised to use your powers for good and never evil.
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Twist in Time - One of the Coolest Science Demos I've Ever Seen

It's a demonstration that almost has to be seen in person to believe. Otherwise, you're likely to say, "It's fake... there's no way that could happen!" As you're watching the video below, please remember that there is absolutely no trick photography.…
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Exploding Water Experiment Hits Home for Reader

'Tis the season for spending time in the kitchen making those holiday feasts. So, when we were choosing a timely experiment to send in our Experiment of the Week email, we figured that Exploding Water in the Microwave was a great choice to make…
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Just Say No to Styrofoam - Better Eco-Friendly Packaging Choices

One of my favorite science demos leading up to the holidays is the Vanishing Styrofoam Peanuts. As you'll see in the video below, the better choice is the more eco-friendly starch-based packaging material. As you shop online this season, some…
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Spangler's Cornstarch Walk on Water Featured on Discovery's Time Warp

Time Warp is one of Discovery's newest shows and it's definitely worth watching... even if you're not a science geek. Hosts Jeff Lieberman and Matt Kearney are on the prowl for anything and everything that might be cool to examine under high-speed…
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Floating Potato Debate - Alice 105.9

Just got a call from Slacker and Steve at Alice 105.9 with this question... "Do potatoes float in water?" I'll give you a second to think... Potatoes sink in regular water, but they'll float in salt water or sugar water. Here's the experiment…
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4-H Hydrogel Experiment Travels Cross-Country

While I've been winding down from my media tour as the 4-H National Experiment Spokesperson, kids across the country have been exploring the powerful water-absorbing qualities of these amazing hydrogels.  From Georgia to Hawaii, I've read…
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More Giant Soap Bubbles - Henny Penny Preschool in Action

Giant soap bubbles seem to be sweeping through schools everywhere these days, and our friends at Henny Penny Preschool recently sent us an update with some great shots of their kids in action.  Amy and Craig Dolley are always looking for unique…
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Giant Soap Bubbles

I first met Stacy Ratel in New York during our 2008 Hands-on Science Boot Camp tour. Stacy is a highly-motivated teacher who will go to great lengths to create unforgettable learning experiences for her students. Now I know why Stacy was so…
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Favorite Halloween Science Demos

I remember a time when Halloween was nothing more than dressing up and running from house to house in search of the greatest candy bars. Fast-forward to 2008 and Halloween is a big deal... elaborate costumes, parties galore and merchandising…