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Using Science to Defrost/Defog a Windshield
We live in the Midwest, so it's just a part of life for us, especially those of us who park outside. Frost covered and/or fogged up car windows and windshields becomes part of our daily routine.
Over the years, I've used a variety of items to clear off the windshield of my car...
Hubble Images of Jupiter Are Amazing
The Hubble Space Telescope, launched in 1990, is still up there, and still taking some incredible photos and videos of outer space. Some of the latest, taken of the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter, are some of the best.
From the Guardian:
The raging storm that creates Jupiter’s great red s…
Get Ready for Sunday’s Supermoon Eclipse
It hasn't happened since 1982, and the next one won't be until 2033. It's not just a "supermoon," it's a "supermoon eclipse." And, it's a fairly rare event. There have been just 5 supermoon eclipses since 1900 (1910, 1928, 1946, 1964, and …
Don’t Miss the Perseid Meteor Shower this Week
The Perseid Meteor Shower is back, and according to those who study the heavens, this week's light show should be absolutely amazing.
From the L.A. Times:
The annual August meteor shower is one of the most prolific natural light shows of the year with up to 100 shooting stars streaking across the…
More Basketball Fun with the Magnus Effect
About a month ago, I posted a piece on the guys who chucked a basketball off a dam in New Zealand. Normally, dudes throwing basketballs is not really that newsworthy, but these guys had a cool twist. They dropped the basketballs with a certain spin, which causes what's called "The Magn…
Turn Your Smartphone Into a 3-D Hologram
Looking for a fun little project that will keep the kids busy and amaze your friends all at the same time? Probably not, but play along with me here. Here's what you'll need:

CD case
Graph paper
Tape or super glue
Pen
Scissors
Utility knife or glass cutter

Oh yeah, and a smartphone...
Some Cool Science Using a Basketball
Are you familiar with "The Magnus Effect?" Yeah...me either. Well, at least I wasn't until my wife passed this video along to me.
In a nutshell, The Magnus Effect is (according to Wikipedia):
...the commonly observed effect in which a spinning ball (or cylinder) curves away from…
Scientist Demonstrates Brain Control
I'm kind of on a scientific bender today. Earlier, I posted a piece on backyard science experiments involving a watermelon, a swimming pool, and molten aluminum. As I mentioned, I'm getting to see more experimentation than I ever got in high school...

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