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Leprechaun Antics Lead to a Geek Dad Honor

Is geek status now cool? I guess it depends on who you ask. But Todd Bailey at WIRED seemed to like the Leprechaun trap and the green water trick - totally freaked out my kids when they turned on the faucet and the water came out green. Read…
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Spangler Demonstrates Bed of Nails on Ellen DeGeneres

Huge thanks to the Arizona Science Center for allowing us to use their bed of nails demonstration on-air yesterday. The Arizona Republic ran this article. Learn how to make your own bed of nails.
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Props to the Arizona Science Center - Thanks for the Bed of Nails

You don't just go to someone and say, "Hey, can I borrow your $45,000 Bed of Nail exhibit. No, seriously, I promise to bring it back." But that's exactly what happened... The closing stunt on my last appearance on the Ellen Show was the…
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Back to the Ellen Show - Fire Ball, Toilet Paper and a Bed of Nails

We're back from another taping at the Ellen DeGeneres Show and we had a blast. I use the pronoun "we" because this taping required a team of people to orchestrate the final stunt... the Bed of Nails. This segment featured the Methane Bubble…
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Want to Pull the Pin? Buyers Play with the Mentos Geyser Tube at New York Toy Fair

Just when you think that everyone in the world has seen the Mentos Geyser experiment, you run into a few thousand people attending the New York Toy Fair who are surprised by the reaction. Last Monday I spent the entire day launching off soda…
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Science Birthday Wish for Ellen DeGeneres

How do you wish Ellen DeGeneres a happy birthday... using a cool science demonstration? The producers from the Ellen DeGeneres Show invited us to come up with a clever way to videotape a birthday wish for today's show. Ellen turned 51 yesterday…
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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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2008 EduBlog Awards - Winner for Best Educational Video

We just found out this week that we won the 2008 EduBlog award for Best Educational Video and it's all because of amazing followers like all of you. When we got the word out that we were nominated for this award, the congratulations came…
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2008 EduBlog Awards - Nominated for Best Use of Video

We are honored to be nominated for the 2008 EduBlog Awards (Eddies as they're called) in the category of Best Use of Video / Visual. This is the fifth year of the EduBlog Awards and the list of categories and nominees is the largest ever. Voting…
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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…