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A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting in on a talk by Kanika Gupta, founder of an organization called SoJo.  Kanika spoke of something called “Social Innovation”, which refers to initiatives that aim to better society in some way.  This could include causes related to healthcare, education, human rights, and many Continue...

Non-Newtonian Fluid What is it about goo that is so fascinating to humans?  Moreover, when we find out we can make goo in our own kitchens, why are we so compelled to do so? Experiment:  Make a liquid turn into a solid by tapping it. Add 1/4 cup of dry cornstarch to the bowl. Add Continue...

Instantly Frozen Water! Experiment: Put distilled or mineral water in a new, clean, smooth sided, plastic or glass bottle.  Put the bottle in the freezer for a few hours.  Take it out very gently, and the water will appear to be un-frozen (still liquid).  Remove the cap and place a small piece of ice in Continue...

Einstein raved about the benefits (and even necessity) of bringing artistic creativity into scientific discovery.  Jung identified the “artist-scientist” as a human archetype.  Call them polymaths, call them multi-taskers, or call just call them busy-brained, but some of the greatest thinkers have felt comfortable with one foot in the arts, and the other in sciences. Continue...

Concept: This is a Science Fair classic!  Demonstrate the lava flow of an erupting volcano by simulating it using common household items.  The teacher in me dislikes this experiment because it doesn’t accurately show volcanic eruptions being caused by changes in the pressure and volume of sub-crustal magma.  The student in me loves it because Continue...

With Alvin Toffler’s Third Wave crashing down on us, it is important to take stock of how the world has changed.  The largest change has been in areas of information and media.  The flow and volume of media that now exists in the world is remarkable; more remarkable is the ease in which we can Continue...