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Posts tagged electrical charge

June 12, 2015


gecko climbing up glass pane

NASA’s Gecko Grippers

NASA has designed a new grappling tool based on geckos' foot grips.

February 18, 2013


drawing of a man being shocked by electricity

Ben Franklin And A Very Furry Situation

Not many people remember that Franklin was an inventor . . . and a good one, too! He also did some pioneering work in physics.

February 15, 2013


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Ben Franklin Did Not Get Struck By Lightning

Zap... zap... zap... No, Ben Franklin was not struck by lightning.

February 22, 2012


xerox photocopy machine

How Do Photocopying Machines Work?

Photocopying machines are fairly complicated devices, but the basic principal is pretty simple.

July 30, 2006


floating bubbles

Bubble, Bubble

Here's another science experiment you can do at home. It's fun, it's easy, and it involves one of a kid's favorite things: soap bubbles!

November 4, 2003


Migraine or Face Pain?

Have doctors found the cure for intractable migraines? Find out on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003


Don’t Try This at Home

What Ben actually did in his famous 1752 experiment was to cause some excess electrical charge near a storm cloud to ground out through his kite string–still an impressive demonstration, but a much less powerful prospect than an actual lightning strike.

September 27, 2003


Metal in the Microwave

Besides preventing the microwaves from reaching and heating up the food it conceals, aluminum foil tends to give off sparks that might start a fire.

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