Kitchen Moon Dust is a Silky Sandpile for Landlocked Playtime

Building sandcastles is one of the fundamental joys in life, irrespective of how old you get. While coastal residents can hop down to play by the ocean any time, landlocked adventurers need to get a bit more creative. Enter Moon Dust, a quick and cheap recipe for sticky sand. » 5/28/14 1:02am 5/28/14 1:02am

Crowdfunding site Experiment lets you support cutting-edge science

With government funding for science dropping to a shocking new low, researchers are looking to the public to support their work. After all, if Rob Thomas can get the Veronica Mars movie made with crowdfunding dollars, why shouldn't good science do the same? Enter Experiment, the scientist's crowdfunding portal. » 2/06/14 1:46pm 2/06/14 1:46pm

Here's a beautiful fluid dynamics experiment that begins in your shower

The next time you're in the shower, try pouring a steady stream of shampoo into an open, flattened palm. See how the thread loops and buckles as it comes into contact with your hand? Physicists who study fluid dynamics call this behavior "the rope-coiling effect;" it's a physical property commonly observed in viscous… » 1/04/12 9:40am 1/04/12 9:40am

Chemist Discovers the Origins of Life in a Cardboard Box

In 1953, chemists Stanley Miller and Harold Urey created life. They filled flasks with water and gases from Earth’s primordial atmosphere and, with a jolt of electricity, created amino acids, the building blocks of all life on this planet. Last year, a former student of Miller’s discovered the remnants of the… » 10/17/08 8:40am 10/17/08 8:40am