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The Diet Coke and Mentos Experiment

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7 months ago

Though we are still trapped by the grueling clutches of winter, we can still dream that summer is around the corner. And with the eventual start of a new season comes seasonally appropriate scientific experiments like this one. Perfect for impressing your friends at an outdoor barbeque, you can ...

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The Science of Caddyshack

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7 months ago

You knew the movie was hilarious, but did you also know that Caddyshack essentially features science in its pivotal plot points? Those explosions meant to rid the course of that rascally gopher as well as gopher behavior are all in this video, along with the infamous candy bar in the pool. ...

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Charge Your Cell Phone in Five Minutes

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7 months ago

Is this science fiction? Can you really charge your cell phone in the time it takes to check all those voice-mails?  Supercapacitors let you bring your cell phone back to life in five minutes or charge up an electric car in sixty seconds, according to DNews. They're not only super-powerful ...

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See a Color Humans Can't See

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7 months ago

It's well-known that there are colors that humans can't see. But now in this easy tutorial by everyone's favorite science teacher, Robert Krampf, you can see one of these colors that are not visible to the human eye. It's a neat trick to impress your friends, but keep in mind it's still just one ...

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Music Video for Remembering the Elements

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7 months ago

Is it a music video or a catchy way to remember the elements? BoingBoing produced this fun animation featuring They Might Be Giants singing (and teaching us) about science. Why can't a music video like this one accompany every text book?  Though the video was released back in 2009, it's still ...

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50 Misconceptions About Science

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7 months ago

Did you know that your favorite dinosaur in kindergarten, the brontosaurus, never existed? This and 49 other misconceptions about science are pulled out of your head and replaced with facts after watching this fascinating, high-energy truth-bomb from Mental Floss. How many of these scientific ...

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Hundreds of New Planets Found

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7 months ago

More potential evidence that we may not be alone in the universe. Kepler telescope discovered 715 new planets beyond our solar system. So far, NASA has identified four of these planets as orbiting a hospital zone where water can keep a liquid state, according to the BBC. According to this video ...

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Stephen Hawking: The Errol Morris Film

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7 months ago

When two masters come together like the great filmmaker Errol Morris shooting a documentary about Stephen Hawking, one would expect the film to be on everyone's list of favorites. But this does not seem to be the case with the little known A Brief History of Time. Morris chronicles Hawking's ...

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The Science Behind Procrastination

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7 months ago

It's convenient that TV shows are 30 minutes long: you can watch one more before cleaning the kitchen after dinner. Just one more. Soon, it's late, and you decide to go to bed and do the dishes tomorrow. Or will you? Why do we procrastinate? And how can we trick ourselves into rolling up our ...

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Coldest Place in the Universe

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7 months ago

NASA is creating the coldest place in the known universe, according to DNews. Space is already freezing cold. So why does NASA need it even colder? It turns out that science turns weird in extreme cold, including slowing down light and allowing researchers to take precise measurements. The video ...

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Basic Science Facts Most People Get Wrong

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7 months ago

One in four Americans think the earth is at the center of our solar system, according to a study by the National Science Foundation. Europeans did even worse: one in three! The study indicates that, in general, most people don't know basic science facts and are essentially stuck in the middle ages ...