Building An Earthquake Resistant Home
Friday, February 27, 2015
Earthquakes are unexpected, terrifying and can hit at any time, causing major destruction and even death.More than 1.3 million earthquakes of varying magnitudes rattle our world each year destroying homes and changing the landscape of cities around th... more

The First Colorblind, Ultrathin Lens Is Developed
Thursday, February 26, 2015
A new kind of flat, ultrathin lens has been created by Harvard physicists that can focus multiple colors of light in the same spot.Traditional lenses and other optical devices focus different colors in different places, requiring multiple lenses to creat... more



 
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Passively Cool: A Departure from A/C

A potential low-energy alternative to air conditioning.


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Measuring Drought with GPS

Tracking how strongly water pushes on the Earth's crust.


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Curiosity vs. Other Mars Missions

How do recent Mars missions compare to the popular Curiosity rover?


 
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Space Dust Impact

A close look at the dangers of space dust.


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Dark Matter Simulation

Simulations help bring the mysterious, invisible matter to light.


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Lunar Charge Protection

Can magnetic anomalies on the moon protect future explorers?


 
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India's Connection to the Stars

Documenting the astronomical beliefs of several Indian ethnic groups.


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The Science Behind World Cup Passing Networks

Network theory reveals successful World Cup strategies


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Back Lever Physics

Discover the physics behind this bodyweight skill and master it yourself


 
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Sewing Kit Cartesian Diver

Exploring buoyancy with this quick experiment


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Balloon Acceleration in a Car

What happens to a helium balloon in an accelerating car?


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Ice Cream at Home

Learn the physics behind making this tasty treat


 

The Physics Behind the Silver Screen
February 25, 2015
Explore the physics that makes film projection possible in all of its various forms.

The Impending Intergalactic Cloud Collision
February 18, 2015
Outside our galaxy, there's a gigantic gas cloud drifting in our direction. It'll collide with the galaxy in about 30 million years, but astronomers aren't worried.

Quantum Mechanics in the Minecraft Universe
February 11, 2015
Introducing quantum weirdness to the world of Minecraft with the qcraft mod.

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PhysicsQuest

Spectra: High Intensity

Ms Alignment

Registration is back online for PhysicsQuest. Please click here to sign up!

Miss Alignment has broken out of jail and is on the loose hatching evil plans. Armed with a high IQ, an inferiority complex, and a secret lair, she will try yet again to control the town. Your students can help Spectra, her gang, and her new friend the Quantum Mechanic stop Miss Alignment’s focus on evil.

In celebration of the International Year of Light, this kit will have all of the equipment needed to teach students about bending light, spherical lenses, how color and energy are related, and how the sun’s light also carries heat. As the students do these activities, they will be applying all the skills they need to help our superheroes prevent Miss Alignment’s attempted town domination.

We will be sending out the Spectra: High Intensity kits (for free) in early January. If you would like to purchase last year’s kit, Spectra’s Quantum Leap, please visit our online store.

Answers and Winners of Spectra’s Quantum Leap can be found here.

For more information about the overall program, please visit the PhysicsQuest About Page.

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SpectraSnapp

Create your own spectroscope with our free iPhone/Ipad app: SpectraSnapp. Now you can see the spectral lines behind the fluorescent lights, neon signs, sodium lamps, and other light sources you encounter everyday!

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Read all of our physics comic books online, and follow the adventures of Spectra, the original laser superhero.

Science off the Sphere

Science off the Sphere

Astronaut and chemist Dr. Don Pettit did physics demos that are out of this world while he was aboard the International Space Station. Now you can enjoy videos of his fantastic micro-gravity experiments safely on the surface!

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