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December 26, 2012

 

hurricane irene from space

Is There Anyway To Make Hurricanes Less Intense?

It seems like every year, hurricanes are getting bigger and more dangerous. Is there any way to make hurricanes less intense?

April 3, 2012

 

a journal with a latin palindrome and the words

Getting It Backwards

Why are letters reversed in a mirror? Try this experiment with pen and paper.

April 2, 2012

 

a baby looking in the mirror

Reflection

You may notice in a mirror that words are backwards in the reflection, but it's actually more than words that are reversed; it's everything!

May 1, 2009

 

Reflection from spoon

A Spoon’s Double Vision

These bouncing balls show you the path light would take when it reflects off the back of a real spoon (although light bounces into your eye, not out of it).

February 9, 2009

 

Double rainbow over lake

Why Are Rainbows Curved?

The narrow range of angles at which the colors are reflected is the key to why rainbows must be curved.

June 19, 2007

 

Lit Candle in Dark

A Candle in the Dark

You light a candle in a dark room. Now suppose a mirror is brought in. Is the room brighter?

August 13, 2006

 

a mans fist with a wedding ring

Cloak of Invisibility

Some scientists think that we have the materials and know how to make invisibility a reality!

October 7, 2004

 

Bright Lights, Little Mirror

When you flick the little tab beneath your car's rear-view mirror, have you ever wondered how the mirror is able to dim reflected headlights?

September 27, 2003

 

Mirror, Mirror

Their descendants were even more vain, so in 16th century Venice mirror makers discovered the technique of backing a piece of glass with a reflecting metal composed of tin and mercury, producing a much clearer reflection.

September 27, 2003

 

How Two-way Mirrors Work

Like all mirrors, two-way mirrors have a reflective coating. However, while the reflecting coating on regular mirrors is dense and returns all the light that strikes its surface, the reflective coating on two-way mirrors is more sparse.

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