How Swarming Bacteria Actively Use Physics to Avoid Danger
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
“Bacteria always find new ways to manipulate their environment to protect themselves,” says Harshitha Kotian, a PhD candidate at the Center for Nano Science and Engineering (CeNSE), Indian Institute of Science (IISc). Spreading tendrils of bacte.. more

Why do we live in a three-dimensional world?
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Until something disrupts the rhythm of life (or you’re in the car with a five-year-old), most of us don’t stop to analyze why things are the way they are. We’re too busy navigating life to step back and ponder our reality. But let’s try it for a few .. more



 
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Is There Need for a New Particle Physics Model?

High energy particle physics experiments in recent past have brought into question parts of the model currently used in particle physics.


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TESS: A Satellite Scout for Nearby Exoplanets

New worlds orbiting strange stars are waiting to be discovered...and we're on the hunt.


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Meet the Tiny Machines that Harness Humidity for Power

What could we accomplish with machines that draw power from the air around us?


 
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Surprising Sculptures with Magnetic Magic

Get creative and learn the basics of magnetism at the same time with this fun blend of art & science!


Watch the interplay of electricity and magnetism in action, with this see-thru version of a classic physics demonstration!

Lenz's Law: Time Warp Tube

Watch the interplay of electricity and magnetism in action, with this see-thru version of a classic physics demonstration!


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Wheels and Whirlwinds: the Coriolis Effect

Learn how this mysterious force works with a trip to the playground!



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PhysicsQuest 2019: Dr. Wu's Secret Project

This year's PhysicsQuest features the "First Lady of Physics," Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu. Each free kit includes four experiments that introduce students to the basics of physics in a fun and approachable way. Don't miss this quest–sign up here.

PhysicsQuest 2018: Spectra's Energetic Escape

Did you miss your chance to get last year's kit, but still want to follow Spectra's adventures? Download past activity guides from our archive.

 

 

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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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