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Foucault’s Pendulum

tags: Foucault’s Pendulum, physics, rotation, Pendulum, Jim LaBelle, Dartmouth University, wow, streaming video This video features physics and astronomy professor Jim LaBelle, as he discusses the truly fascinating science behind a classic physics experiment, Foucault’s pendulum, while seated next to Dartmouth University’s pendulum in Fairchild Tower.

tags: The Science Behind Gliding Paper Airplanes, physics, teaching, flight, pressure, paper airplanes, streaming video Do you need a fun, hands-on experiment for your physics classroom? This video shows how a group of high school students, led by a terrific teacher, made origami paper airplanes from phone book pages that glide on a wave of…

Math Class Shadow

tags: math class, film making, animation, technology, weird, offbeat, flatland, Biola University, Matthew Weathers, streaming video This is a trick that Matthew Weathers made for a lecture he presented in his Nature of Math class at Biola University. He apparently likes experimenting with mixing live action with video.

Making Violin Strings

tags: animal rights, vegans, musical instruments, lamb-gut violin strings, education, streaming video The best violinists rely on strings that are made from the guts of lambs that are no more than 4 months old at slaughter. Kinda makes you wonder how many vegans and animal rights wingnuts have given up playing and listening to orchestral…

Chemical Party

tags: Marie Curie Actions, Roderick Fenske, Chemical Party, education, teaching, humor, funny, television, streaming video Directed by Roderick Fenske, Marie Curie is proud to present: “Chemicals having a party,” featuring sexy carbons, bored noble gases, and explosive reactions. This is a hilarious and educational video about chemistry!

tags: Professor Destroys Student’s Laptop In Class, University of Oklahoma, Professor Kieran Mullen, laptop, laptop brutality, teaching, education, university, comedy, humor, strange, behavior, streaming video In an effort to make a point — Laptops are distracting students — University of Oklahoma physics professor Kieran Mullen freezes a student’s laptop with liquid nitrogen then smashes it…

tags: politics, terrorism, economics, social psychology, Red Brigades, Italy, TEDTalks, TED Talks, Loretta Napoleoni, streaming video Loretta Napoleoni details her rare opportunity to talk to the secretive Italian Red Brigades — an experience that sparked a lifelong interest in terrorism. She gives a behind-the-scenes look at its complex economics, revealing a surprising connection between money…

tags: biology, zoology, insects, Dragonfly, Wandering Glider, Globe Skimmer, Pantala flavescens, migration, Maldives, India, TEDTalks, TED Talks, Charles Anderson, streaming video While living and working as a marine biologist in Maldives, Charles Anderson noticed sudden explosions of dragonflies at certain times of year. He explains how he carefully tracked the path of a plain, little…

tags: DonorsChoose, science education, teaching, fund-raising, poverty Do you remember our fund-raising effort for impoverished American science classrooms through Donors Choose? Well, here’s a really lovely thank you to one of my readers from one of our classrooms!

Fencing Flamingos

tags: Fencing Flamingos, ornithology, ecology, endangered species, food webs, research, field work, Marita Davison, Jennifer Moslemi, Jamie Herring, streaming video “Fencing Flamingos” follows the work of Marita Davison, a PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University, and her collaborator Jennifer Moslemi as they study flamingos in the rugged high-Andes of Bolivia. The…