How Insects' Legs Can Improve Man-Made Materials
Thursday, July 30, 2015
In an effort to improve materials used in aviation and medicine, a team of Irish researchers is studying the legs of certain insects. Some features that appear to contribute to the legs' sturdiness don’t actually do so, they found, while others that woul... more

Paranormal (AC)tivity
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Engineering designer Vic Tandy had just seen a ghost.  That, or he was losing his mind, he thought.Image Credit: Mark Strozler, Creative Commons by-nc-ndIt happened the way these things often do; he was alone in the laboratory, after dark. It was a ... more



 
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Color-Tunable Elastic Fibers

By mimicking the structure of organisms like the Pollia condensata berry, researchers have invented an elastic fiber that changes color when stretched!


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Ultrafast Aluminum Battery

It’s flexible, fast, nontoxic, doesn’t catch on fire, and its materials are inexpensive.


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Wave-Particle Duality in One Image

The principle of complementarity remains upheld.


 
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Ice Spikes

Why do ice cubes sometimes have points on their surfaces?


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Diffraction Through a Spiderweb

Dew on a spiderweb's strands splits sunlight into a prismatic rainbow of colors.


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Space Dust Impact

A close look at the dangers of space dust.


 
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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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3D and Polarization at Home

Grab some 3D glasses for this home experiment


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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?


 

Science and Entertainment
June 24, 2015
From the physics behind Thor's Hammer to the beautiful black hole renderings of Interstellar, science has a lot to offer the film industry and vice versa. What does it take to pull off a successful collaboration?

GRACE
May 06, 2015
New satellite tracks Earth's changing climate from variations in its gravity.

Wine Physics
April 22, 2015
Join us on a three part tour of the physics behind wine making and tasting.

The Muon Camera
April 15, 2015
Learn how two undergraduate students made their own makeshift muon detector out of a digital camera.

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PhysicsQuest

Spectra: High Intensity

Ms Alignment

I hope you are having a great time doing the activities for Spectra's High Intensity, you can submit your answers here. You do not have to have completed all the activities to submit your answer. If you've only had time to do a few or only one activity you can still submit answers and be eligible to win fabulous prizes! 

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.

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

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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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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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