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Behind the Scenes with Light and Color: 10 Great Demos
Behind the Scenes with Light and Color: 10 Great Demos

Click Here to subscribe to the CoolStuff Newsletter and get notified when our next blog is released. Featured Products Behind the Scenes with Light and Color Introduction Light and Spectrum is a common topic among all of the sciences. You...

A Visit to Isaac Newton's Home
A Visit to Isaac Newton's Home

Click Here to subscribe to the CoolStuff Newsletter and get notified when our next blog is released. Featured Products A Visit to Isaac Newton's Home When I visited England this summer, I had the opportunity to walk in Isaac Newton's...

Color Me Excited: Seeing Spectra in a Whole New Light
Color Me Excited: Seeing Spectra in a Whole New Light

Click Here to subscribe to the CoolStuff Newsletter and get notified when our next blog is released. Featured Products Color Me Excited: Seeing Spectra in a Whole New Light Teaching the spectra of visible light can be an engaging classroom...

Martian Light Scattering
Martian Light Scattering

On May 19, 2005, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit captured this stunning view as the Sun sank below the rim of Gusev crater on Mars. This Panoramic Camera mosaic was taken around 6:07 in the evening of the rover's 489th...

Polarization
Polarization

Click Here to subscribe to the CoolStuff Newsletter and get notified when our next blog is released. You may not be aware of it, but polarized light is all around you. Do you have an LCD flat screen television, a...

Shadows in Science and Art
Shadows in Science and Art

Shadows are ubiquitous, but often go unnoticed. Shadows are important historically, for they provided early evidence that light travels in straight lines. Humans constantly, but unconsciously, use shadows to judge the shape of objects in their environment. Because shadows reveal...

Atmospheric Optics
Atmospheric Optics

The sky offers a wide variety of stunning optical effects. A source of inspiration for poets and songwriters alike, these atmospheric phenomena include red sunsets, rainbows, mirages, halos, glories, and coronas. These effects are the result of the interaction of...

Back to School: Getting off to a Good Start
Back to School: Getting off to a Good Start

Click Here to subscribe to the CoolStuff Newsletter and get notified when our next blog is released. Each new school year offers endless possibilities for igniting student interest in science. The principles students study in your classroom touch every aspect...

Spectrum Analysis: Breaking it all down
Spectrum Analysis: Breaking it all down

Click Here to subscribe to the CoolStuff Newsletter and get notified when our next blog is released. Featured Products Spectrum Analysis: Breaking it all down The constituent colors in a beam of light are revealed when the light is dispersed...

Haunted Laboratory: Halloween Physics Part II
Haunted Laboratory: Halloween Physics Part II

Click Here to subscribe to the CoolStuff Newsletter and get notified when our next blog is released. Featured Products Haunted Laboratory: Halloween Physics Part II This edition of CoolStuff features some new exhibits designed to put a spooky spin on...

Lab in a Bag: Take Home Science
Lab in a Bag: Take Home Science

Featured Products Click Here to subscribe to the CoolStuff Newsletter and get notified when our next blog is released. Although a school's science laboratory is the traditional arena for exploration and experimentation, other venues, such as interactive science centers, do...

Haunted Laboratory: Halloween Physics
Haunted Laboratory: Halloween Physics

Click Here to subscribe to the CoolStuff Newsletter and get notified when our next blog is released. Each October the physics teachers at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois treat their students and the public to a haunted science...