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Spangler Science Videos - The Editor's Top Picks for Best of 2008

There's only one problem with these "best of" video lists... someone has to actually sort through all of the videos and come up with a list! Props to our genius video editor, Bradley Mayhew, for all of his editing magic in 2008. When the year…
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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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Visit the Largest Online Collection of Science Experiment Videos

As we wrap up 2008, I'm excited to report that we've added more than a hundred new videos to our ever-growing library of cool science videos and science fair project ideas. We are told that this science video library represents the most complete…
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The Family Who Eats Fire Together Sticks Together - Growing Up in a Family of Magicians

Ladies and gentlemen... please welcome our magicians for this evening... the amazing Bruce and Kitty Spangler. As a very young child, I can remember sitting backstage and hearing these words as the orchestra began to play and my parents took…
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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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Intern Gets a Little Wet While Launching 700 Mentos Diet Coke Geysers at NAEYC 2008

It's tough to really demonstrate the Mentos Geyser Tube in an exhibit hall filled with teahcers... until we created the Mentos Geyser Chamber. It's a plastic box that measures 4 feet square and 7 feet tall. It's the perfect enclosure to launch…
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Milk of Magnesia Experiment - Color Changing Liquid Teaches Science Behind Antacids

If you've ever wondered how those antacids really work inside your stomach, the Milk of Magnesia demo is easy to perform and really illustrates the concept of pH change and the buffering power of magnesium hydroxide. I first saw the demonstration…
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9News Meteorologist Vanishes in Cloud of Smoke - A Great Liquid Nitrogen Explosion

9News meteorologist Becky Ditchfield is never quite sure what to expect during the weekly science segment. I called her over the weekend and asked her to bring in an overcoat and to trade out the high heels for tennis shoes. The liquid nitrogen…
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Dallas Fox 4 News Anchors Experiment with Insta-Snow and Reverse Helium (SF6)

The news anchors at Fox 4 News in Dallas wanted to see if I could find a few ways to make science fun on their Good Day show. Let's see... I could show them pictures of my science project from 3rd grade... or discuss freezing point depression...…