How Much Candy Would Kill You?

Before you stuff your face with candy until you max out this Halloween, we want you to ask yourself how much is too much. Well folks, in keeping with the dark, spooky atmosphere of late October, we’re taking a look at how many pieces of fun sized candy can kill you – if all eaten in one sitting. Oh and for you candy corn lovers out there, we’re crunches those numbers too. Continue reading

Teacher Demo/Student Activity: Bending Water

bending waterIn this demo, a polyethylene rod is charged by rubbing with wool. The charged rod is then used to bend a stream of water flowing from a tap.

Different substances have different attractions for electrons. When two materials are rubbed together, electrons will leave the substance with the lower attractive force and enter the substance with the higher attractive force. This will result in each substance having a slight positive or negative charge. Water is made up of polar molecules, each containing a negatively charged oxygen end and a positively charged hydrogen end. When a charged rod of material is brought near a thin stream of water, the water will be attracted to the charged rod and the stream of water will bend towards the rod.

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SciNews, Sunday, October 30, 2016

Childhood obesity and heart damage; adult brain can learn to see again; wildlife disappearing rapidly; atomic nucleus with bubble; unable to detect single particle of dark matter; Mars not easy to land on; Trump’s views on science ignorant – just a few of the themes in today’s eclectic collection of SciNews.  Share these stories with your students and get them excited about science.

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Steve Spangler’s Candy Science – Floating Letters

Floating letters

M&Ms have the slogan of melting in your mouth, but not in your hands. You wanna know something cool? The special melting property is totally scientific. Certain parts of an M&M will dissolve in water, while others won’t. The results are an amazing phenomenon that we call Floating Letters.

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