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Non-Newtonian Inexpensive Fun

Non-Newtonian fluids are an aspect of science that is simple, interesting, and a lot of fun.  Non-Newtonian fluid experiments are also inexpensive; there are only two ingredients and both are probably already in your pantry. There are so…
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Wrecking Ball Science - Will the Bowling Ball Smash the News Anchor's Face?

Who else but Steve shows up at a television studio and makes a request to hang a 16-pound bowling ball from the ceiling? It's for science, silly, and a lesson in the Laws of Motion. 9News Anchorman Mark Koebrich helped Steve demonstrate energy…
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Join Us for a Halloween Science Twitter Party & WIN a Copy of Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste

Join us for a Twitter party on Tuesday, October 25th from 7-8pm MST to celebrate the launch of Steve's new book, Fire Bubbles and Exploding Toothpaste. We will be giving away copies of the book during the party. Please RSVP below in the comments…
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Back to the Ellen Show - Getting Ready for the Biggest Audience Participation Stunt Ever

Whenever we're fortunate enough to have the producers from the Ellen DeGeneres Show call our office, we know that the next few days are going to be wild. As I've mentioned in the past, the producers are very hands-on when it comes to selecting…

FedEx Driver Walks on Glass - Spangler Tests Out Science Demo in the Shipping Department

When I started doing magic tricks as a kid, I remember always bothering my sister and brother to watch my latest trick. When they grew tired of my tricks, I switched to grandparents, aunts, uncles... finally anyone who would watch. Thirty some…
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Homeschooling Mom Gives a Twist to Do Not Open Bottle Experiment

Leah is a homeschooling mom of six. She blogs about her experiences as a homeschooling mom on her blog, Almost Unschoolers. On the blog, she has a feature called "Sunday Science." She recently posted about making a Do Not Open Bottle but…

Disappearing Glass - How Use the Index of Refraction to Create an Optical Miracle

Have you ever wanted to be a magician? Or do you want to impress your friends? All you need is a few Pyrex beakers, water, Wesson vegetable oil and Pyrex stir rods. The Wesson oil has the same index of refraction as a special kind of glass that…
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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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Experiment of the Week Travels to Germany

It’s great to get your e-mails and photos of your children and students doing the science activities featured in our Experiment of the Week. These photos are from Sheila Allen, just one of a number of great teachers in the Department of…
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Cornstarch Walk on Water - Get a Really Big Bathtub

The final step is to drive the cement truck filled with 2,500 pounds of cornstarch and 250 gallons of water to the back lot at the Ellen Show and pour the goo into a giant bathtub - 7 feet long, 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep. It's also a good…