Tag Archives: Physics

Casual Friday — can we survive the Sun’s death?

OK, now that the world has survived a close call with financial disaster (thanks to the U.S.’ House of Representatives), we can entertain ourselves with the physics of real disasters. Say, like when the Sun devours the Earth in another billion years or so. Continue reading

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Casual Friday — the Titanic and the physics of materials

Think that Titanic only sank because it hit an iceberg? Guess again, the physics of steel played a big part as well… Continue reading

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Casual Friday — the science of color film

If you’ve ever been just a bit curious as to how color film works, and the science behind it, Filmmaker IQ has the answer for you. And in their typically exhaustive way, they explain things from Isaac Newton to the current day — in a bit over 21 minutes… Continue reading

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Casual Friday — the sun’s about to flip!

Well, OK — the sun won’t flip, but its magnetic field is about to. No worries, though, it happens every 11 years… Continue reading

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Casual Friday — water tension and the mysterious water suspension trick(s)

Another fun and educational video from Steve Spangler — this time, some magic tricks you can perform with water… Continue reading

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Casual Friday — balancing nails

Want a fun trick you can perform with a dozen nails and a block of wood? Steve Spangler shows how you can balance 11 nails on the head of one… Continue reading

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Casual Friday — the spinning match table trick

Here’s a quick party trick for you — and all you need is a balloon, two smooth-edged coins, a matchstick, and a clear plastic cup… Continue reading

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Casual Friday — Fiery looping rain on the Sun

Courtesy of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, here’s a mesmerizing 4 minutes of video… Continue reading

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Casual Friday — Toothpick Table Tricks

If you’re like a lot of folks, you’ve got some holiday dinners and parties on your calendar over the next week — be prepared for them! Continue reading

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Casual Friday — how a laser works

Lasers — they’re all around us these days. But have you ever wondered how and why they work? Continue reading

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