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How Do Touchscreens Work?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Why can't we text when wearing wool gloves? The narrator explains the science behind touchscreens as part of a larger physics series. From sensors to translation, the complex process of sending a simple emoji comes to life.
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Why Outlets Spark When Unplugging—EMF and Inductors

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Have you ever observed a spark when unplugging something? An engaging video series covering physics concepts tackles why this happens and if you should be concerned. Learn about inductors, Faraday's Law of Induction, and watch sparks fly!
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Zero G Ferrofluid Fail

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
What is it like to go up in a zero gravity airplane? Physics Girl shares her experiences and the science experiments she brought along as part of her video series. From the way your body feels to the failed experiments, she laughs and...
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New Results! Cosmic Quantum Bell Test

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The topic of eliminating bias occurs in all branches of science. As part of a larger series on physics, an interesting video introduces viewers to one way quantum physicists approached this issue. She explains the problem with quantum...
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The Ultraviolet Catastrophe

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
What do scientists do when their observations don't match the theory? An interesting video introduces the ultraviolet catastrophe as part of a larger series covering physics concepts. Starting with ultraviolet light and ending with...
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Can Explosions Work in Space?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Would an evil mastermind trying to take over the universe use explosives in space? A video that is part of a larger series approaches this question with physics of course! She explains the role of the atmosphere, the properties of waves,...
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Impossible Zero G Skyscraper

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
What happens if you build a skyscraper so tall it breaks the laws of physics? This hypothetical scenario leads to an interesting discussion of Newtonian forces and the imaginary forces that explain them. As part of a larger series on...
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Can You Solve These Physics Riddles? (Part 1/3)

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Physics Girl and Simone Giertz team up to challenge each other to answer science riddles as part of an extensive video series on physics. In a subset of three videos, both physics and electronics questions challenge viewers to apply past...
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My Dad Was Hit by Lightning (Twice!)

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
You have a one in a million chance of being struck by lightning—and 90 percent of those who are struck survive! As part of a larger series on physics, the narrator interviews her father who has survived being hit by lightning twice. It...
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World's First Electric Generator

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Michael Faraday built the first electric generator more than 180 years ago. People on the street explore the same concepts pupils do while watching the informative video. An explanation of the scientific principles behind magnetism,...
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World's Roundest Object!

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The definition of a kilogram is debatable. An informative video (as part of a larger playlist) shares the problem with the current definition of a kilogram. It explains why the concept became a challenge to explain as well as multiple...
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Do Aliens Exist?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Many people believe in aliens, but what does the science say about life on another planet? Part of a larger series, an interesting video discusses the concept with people on the street and scientists, finding vastly different answers. It...
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What Is NOT Random?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Twelve fundamental particles exist in our universe, and they interact in exactly four ways. Does this mean we should be able to predict the future? We know entropy increases, but how does that impact us? These questions and more become...
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How Much Information?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How much information can we process? How much information is stored inside us? These questions, and many more, inspired an inquisitive installment from a larger video series. From verbal and written language to DNA and computers,...
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How Were the Pyramids Built?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Were the pyramids really built using slave labor? New research offers another possibility. In Egypt, many mysteries surround these monuments, and a constructive video (part of a larger series) attempts to answer some. It discusses where...
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Ice Spikes Explained

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Sometimes ice freezes with spikes growing out of the top. A brief video provides a scientific explanation for this. Then, it discusses the two different possible futures if ice didn't behave this way.
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The Science of Six Degrees of Separation

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The concept of everyone on earth being separated by only six degrees of social connections originated more than 100 years ago. Connect the dots using an installment from an engaging video series that takes a look at various social...
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The Speed of Life

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Time appears to go faster the older we get, but why? A timeless video explores this concept psychologically and scientifically. Through an experiment and neuroscience, viewers better understand the paradox of aging.
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The Most Amazing Thing About Trees

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
When water goes up a tube 10 meters, it creates a perfect vacuum in the tube above that point, and the water can go no higher. So how does a tree get water to the top? Part of a larger series, an intriguing video installment poses this...
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How To Clean Up Space Junk

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
NASA tracks around 20,000 pieces of debris orbiting Earth. The garbage humans leave in space cause problems for space exploration, satellites, and communication. One group of scientists hopes to clean up the junk and make this planet...
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Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle Explained

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Quantum physics relies on Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, yet many don't fully understand it. A brief video installment from a larger playlist explores the principle with a laser light and a slit for it to pass through. It describes...
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How To Make Colour with Holes

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Nature inspiring technology isn't new, but butterflies inspiring new nanotechnology excites everyone. As part of a larger playlist, an engaging video explains how we see color and the relationship with both magnetic and electric fields....
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How Does a Quantum Computer Work?

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Did you know quantum computers aren't always faster than classical computers? See why this is in a video installment that discusses the way quantum computers work. It explains the applications of quantum computing as well as the...
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How Special Relativity Makes Magnets Work

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Galileo established relativity, and Einstein developed the laws of special relativity to more fully explain physics. A brief video explains how special relativity relates to electromagnetism. Through simple illustrations, complex...