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Electricity & Magnetism

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Hovering Snowflake Decorations

Decorate in style this holiday season with static electricity


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Make Your Own Compass

Find the Earth's North Pole quickly and easily


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Make Your Own Homopolar Motor

Make a simple spinning motor with household supplies


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Glowing Jell-O Physics

Fluorescent Jell-O is easy to make and fun to eat


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Physics at the Breakfast Table: Getting your Fill of Iron

How would you feel about having a bowl full of nails for breakfast? Okay, the shape might be a problem - so how about eating a bowl full of iron shavings? Believe it or not, some breakfast cereals contain actual iron shavings - on purpose!


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Physics by the Fridge: Zip Magnets

Almost as confusing as an on and off relationship, these flat refrigerator magnets alternate between attraction and repulsion, but only when pulled in the right direction. Give it a try and see if you can make these magnets zip.


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Physics in a Jar: Make Your Own Ferrofluid

Is it a miniature porcupine? No! It’s ferrofluid. Follow these simple instructions to make your own.


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Physics in Your Wallet: Move your Money Maker with Magnets

When payday rolls around and you're wondering what to do with your money, try this simple experiment and make your money move.


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Electric Whirl Pool

Magneto hydrodynamic propulsion in your coffee cup!


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Physics in the Sink: Dancing Water

The kitchen sink is a good place to wash dishes, rinse out empty soup cans and soak crusty bowls, but it’s also a great place to investigate one of the coolest forces of nature – electrostatics.