Exploding Pumpkins – Steve Spangler

In today’s fast paced world, some people just don’t have time to carve pumpkins using the traditional method. Fear not… Steve Spangler is using his science know-how to carve pumpkins from the inside out. As you might imagine, we’ve alerted the fire department. Continue reading

How to Keep Your Phone Battery Charged Longer

The new iPhone is slimmer and faster than ever. But like most new generations of smartphones, its battery has pretty much stayed the same over the years. Short of carrying an external battery all the time, is there any way to extend the life of your smartphone battery? In the latest Reactions episode, we explain the chemistry of lithium-ion batteries, why they occasionally explode, and share some tips to get the most from that smartphone battery.

 
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Thermite Reaction

An exciting chemical reaction where all you need is aluminum foil and rusted ball bearings.

A rusted iron ball bearing seems like it might be past its prime, as far as uses go. Thankfully, all you need to do is wrap one of the bearings in some aluminum foil. You’re almost ready to create a thermite reaction. BANG!

Materials

  • Rusted, iron/steel ball bearings
  • Aluminum foil
  • Adult supervision

– See more at: Steve Spangler’s Website