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Physics Video Contest
Like tossing yo-yos? Ever wanted to unravel the mystery of the drinking bird? Then the

Toy Box Physics video contest

is for you!!! Take any toy you want and use it to somehow express a physics concept. Bounce, spin, jump and splash your way into physics history. The winner will receive a trophy lovingly made by APS staff from some of our favorite physics toys as well as $1,000 cash. All entries must be received by May 26th at midnight.
DNA Computing Zine



When we think of computers, it is a matter of 0's and 1's in long series... the code by which your iPod plays Missy Elliott songs, your internet runs its searches, and your hard drive stores your school papers.

This zine by Lale Westvind explores the questions of computing DNA. Sometimes technical, it is full of historical details and enough information that you'll want to try to build your own DNA computer... .

Text and image from Small Science Collective.



Jigsaw Puzzle

In a challenging mood? CLICK HERE to do the Physics and Technology jigsaw puzzle! Ready, set, solve!

Visit the Fun Zone
Image Credit: foggiegee,
Creative Commons

Dinnertime Physics

Physics on a Swinging Tray: Greek Waiters Tray

Did you forget to pay the gravity bill this month? That's what people will think when they see your Greek Waiter's Tray defy gravity.

Physics at Mealtime: Capillary Action

This is a fun activity to try when you're waiting for the waiter to bring you your food, but consider yourself warned that not all people think it's appropriate to play with your straw at the dinner table...

Image Credit: Tim O'Conner.

Fun ways to explore physics:

LiveScience: Extreme Adventures Image Gallery

This photo was taken by Tim OConnor, from an Air Command 447 gyroplane over East Fork Lake dam in Ohio when the lake was starting to freeze over. View more extreme photos.

Moments of Discovery

Hear the voices of Einstein, Rutherford and other renowned scientists! This audio-visual exhibit from the Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics, uses the actual voices of leading scientists to explore how major discoveries are made, teaching some science along the way.

Image Credit: Steffe, Creative Commons.

Wish I Were a Fly on the Wall

by Robert D. Cowan
There once was a fly on the wall
I wonder why didn't it fall
Because its feet stuck
Or was it just luck
Or does gravity miss things so small?
Read more physics limericks collected by the American Physical Society.

Color Me Physics

This free, downloadable coloring book that features ten famous physicists.

Physics Tunes

Do you know your physics songs? Check out the recordings on PhysicsSongs.org. You can even download words and music and host your own sing-along!.

The Physics of Whipped Cream

Let's do a little science experiment. If you have a can of whipped cream in the fridge, go get it out. Spray a generous dollop into a spoon and watch carefully.
Super Mario Brother
Image Credit: Mario from Super
Mario Brothers, created by
Nintendo Entertainment Systems

For more fun with physics, visit Physics at Home

Fun physics facts

  • The world's largest building without internal supports is the Goodyear Airship hangar, in Akron, Ohio. It has 55 million cubic feet of air. Clouds form in the top of the structure during sudden temperature changes, and it can even rain.

  • A manned rocket reaches the moon in less time than it took a stagecoach to travel the length of England

  • Assuming that Mario is about 80 Kg in mass then it would take him 55,000 joules of energy to do one leap in Super Mario Brothers. Therefore he would have to eat 672 mushrooms for every brick breaking leap.

  • If you yelled for 7 years, 7 months, and 6 days you would have produced just enough sound energy to heat up one cup of coffee.

  • A human swims just as fast in corn syrup as they do in water.


The Official Year of Science Flat Stanley Checks in with Home Base!

Flat Stanley visited Professor Bill Graves of Iowa State University.

Graves and Flat Stanley are pictured here at a biological preserve in San Mateo County, California, in late January of 2009. The two are next to a rare shrub, western leatherwood, that grows only near the San Francisco Bay. If you look closely, you may see the small yellow flowers of the shrub. Flat Stanley is assisting Dr. Graves in his ecological research to assess how well the shrubs are reproducing, and what environmental factors influence how successfully reproduction occurs.
Flat Stanley Project

  • Click here to see where else the official Year of Science Flat Stanley has been!
  • Learn about how Flat Stanley is highlighting science and science careers during the Year of Science 2009.

  • View Flat Stanley's Year of Science adventures or share yours by clicking here!

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RAFT The Sloan Career Cornerstone Center Society of Physics Students APS NISE Physica Central comPADRE Flat Stanley Project Talking Science Science Comedian Berkeley Lab Science @ Cal

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