If you’ve ever tapped a screen to send a tweet, opted for the bottled soda because it tastes better, or drooled over art glass in a gallery, then your life has been changed for the better by the transparent yet durable combination of sand and simple chemicals we call glass. Continue reading
Over the past 20 years, dinosaurs of all types and sizes have been found with some sort of fluff or even full-on plumage. These fuzzy discoveries have raised a whole batch of new questions so we’re here to tell you everything we know about dinosaurs and feathers. Continue reading
All year long, researchers at hospitals around the world collect samples from flu patients and send them to top virology experts with one goal: to design the vaccine for the next flu season. But why do we need a new one every year? Continue reading
There’s a lot of pretty chemistry in the reaction of aluminum wire with copper(II) chloride! Burnished copper crystals grow on the wire surface, and the blue color of copper(II) ions slowly fades. What relationships govern the relative amounts of aluminum and copper in this reaction? Can you predict the amount of copper that will be produced and the amount of aluminum that will be used up?
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Physics is something that is directly applicable to car safety. Cars go fast, but they also sometimes collide with obstacles, which brings them to a sudden stop, subjecting the car and occupants to very high accelerations, which can cause injury or death. So the major idea to improve car safety is to reduce these accelerations and there are a number of ways to do this: Continue reading
This is a fun and challenging inquiry activity in which students construct circuits with specific requirements.
This activity is part of STAO’s Connex series on scientific inquiry.
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Steve’s slime seen on The Ellen Show. It’s arguably the biggest DIY craze over the past decade. Why are kids so excited to make slime and what’s the real science behind the Borax controversy? Our science guy Steve Spangler is here with a table filled with gooey, gooey answers. Continue reading