CNS Little Shop of Physics with B2Gold in Namibia, January 2020

In January, 2020, the CNS Little Shop of Physics team—funded by, and in partnership with B2Gold Namibia—took 1000 pounds of equipment to the south of Namibia for an 8-day workshop with 35 teachers. It was great to work with fellow educators on such fun activities! We will be back. CNS Little Shop of Physics with [...]

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Flash Science: Colorful Concoctions

Here’s a fun one to try at home: Brightly colored teas and juices often undergo cool color changes when you add vinegar or baking soda. It’s some fun, colorful, kitchen chemistry that anyone can try! Colorful Concoctions

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Now You Know: Why I Wear a Mask

Brenna uses some window cleaner—which makes a cool reaction with goldenrod paper—to show how wearing a mask limits the spread of droplets containing virus particles. The mask isn’t so much to protect you, but to protect others from you, in case you are affected.

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Flash Science: Wash Your Hands

One of the best weapons against the coronavirus (and other similar nasties)? Soap. This video shows how soap can disrupt a cell-like structure with an enclosing layer made of kerosene and plastic, just as soap disrupts the lipid bilayer that surrounds the coronavirus particles.

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Ask a Scientist a Question: Praying Mantis

This week Heather talks to Maia from the CSU Bug Zoo about the European Praying Mantis.

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Flash Science: Index of Refraction

The Little Shop of Physics team is making more episodes of a series we called Flash Science—quick, simple experiments that anyone can do—with a twist: We’ll do them in the studio, and then we’ll join some folks at a distance to see how it works out in the world. In this installment, we see how [...]

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Now You Know: Zoom Magic

Lot a many of you, we've been spending a lot of time meeting on Zoom recently. Here are some Zoom Magic tricks we discovered!

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Flash Science: Surface Tension and Pressure

Can a mesh fabric trap water in a glass? Sometimes! Brenna and Brian explain it all in this simple experiment!

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Ask a Scientist: Rachel the Botanist

What is the oldest living thing? What is the largest living thing? Find out on our first episode of Ask a Scientist a Question! Heather interviews Rachel Jones, a botanist who works at CSU. Sources The oldest individual living organism is a Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) in the White mountains of Nevada/California. The […]

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An illustration of a coronavirus provided by the CDC (public domain). The virion appears roughly spherical and has protein "spikes" projecting from its surface.

Everything You Need to Know About Coronavirus

Most of our content here is physics-focused and lighthearted, but we want to offer you a reliable, cohesive source of scientific information about SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) and the COVID-19 pandemic during this challenging time. To see our collected information on this important topic, please visit this page. Please check back regularly for updates -- we'll be [...]

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