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Enjoy this collection of fun science sites, audio and video files. Note that the newest ones appear at the end of this page. Please feel free to share interesting and fun links that you become aware of and as with any links on on our site, if you notice the link is dead or evolved into something that is inappropriate please email us. 

A discussion about science, society, and the universe with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Colbert at the Kimberley Academy in Montclair, New Jersey.

Steve Spangler Science: Tornade Tube - How long does it take to empty a soda bottle full of water? You'll amaze your dinner guests and explore some of the scientific properties of air and water when you learn how to empty a full bottle of water in just a few seconds!

40 Sites for Free and Quality Science Learning Games: http://classroom-aid.com/2012/10/19/40-sites-for-excellent-science-learning-games/ From their website: “Digital educational games, interactives, virtual labs are excellent resources to assist learning and raising interests for inquiry or investigation. To visualize concepts or to do experiments on computers are cost-effective and efficient. Some games even use role-playing techniques or story lines. Some games create a virtual journey which is impossible to have in real world…Most sites are from education institutions, non-profit organizations or sponsored by grants, they are free to play. (Simulations are not included in this post…)”

The Cockroach Beatbox: If you can get past the part where neuroscientist Greg Gage dismembers a cockroach, you will never forget how electrical energy moves your limbs ever again. Gage hooks a cockroach leg up to a machine that can receive and transmit electrical impulses, then proceeds to make the leg twitch along with the level of sound waves in a song on his iPhone and the rhythm of the beatboxer he calls on stage.

How Many Universes are There? String theory, quantum physics, Steven Hawking and parallel universes all assemble to take their part in this mind-popping video narrated by TED’s Chris Anderson. The short version of the story is that no one can seem to agree on how many universes there are exactly, and so rough estimates put the figure anywhere between 0 and infinity. Very helpful.

Why Can't We See Evidence of Alien Life? There are 50-million possible life-harbouring planets in the Milky Way, and many of them have been around longer than the earth (and thus more time to build space craft and drift around the galaxy), so why haven’t we seen any convincing evidence of alien life? There are lots of possibilities, but no concrete answers: this video is part of a series titled “Questions no one knows the answer to”, after all.

The Secret Life of Plankton: This video showcases the creepy, beautiful and quite complicated microscopic world of plankton. The footage is courtesy of the Plankton Chronicles project and takes you through a complex ecosystem of semi-transparent micro organisms.

Evolution in a Big City: Using a tiny portion of the world as an example, Jason Munshi-South explains how cities have altered the genetic makeup of the animals living in them. Yip, salamanders living on either side of two bridges connecting the Bronx with Manhattan have different DNA sequences, because of the man-made infrastructure. Mice who were confined to certain forested areas have evolved differently to mice of the same species in other areas of the country. It’s an interesting talk, all demonstrated in beautiful photos and illustrations.

How Folding Paper Can Get You to the Moon: In an interesting example of exponential growth, Adrian Paenza explains how, theoretically, if you could fold a piece of paper that was 0.001cm thick 45 times over, you would have a piece of paper tall enough to reach the moon. Of course, you couldn’t fold a piece of paper that many times, but it’s still a cool illustration.

Science Show: Hank Green details the five scariest things that will likely happen because of climate change.

Ever Wondered Why? Roadshow A collection of high quality short videos that explain everyday phenomenon. Here's a sample Part 4 Eye Experiments.
Celebrate Easter in the lab with a light-hearted look at Cadbury Creme Eggs.

"Meet The Elements," a new animated music video from They Might Be Giants. This animated, upbeat ode to the periodic table of elements and how they form our world, appears on the new TMBG kids' album "Here Comes Science."
Just how small are atoms? And what's inside them? The answers turn out to be astounding, even for those who think they know. This fast-paced animation uses spectacular metaphors (imagine a blueberry the size of a football stadium!) to give a visceral sense of the building blocks that make our world. Lesson by Jonathan Bergmann, animation by Cognitive Media.
Hooked On Science - excellent resource for quick fun experiments (includes videos):
Science in Seconds - A new Alberta-based website that gets you up-to-date on science news
Wonderville - Fun science games for kids of all ages
Extract Your Own DNA
They Changed the World - Adam Savage, of Myth Busters fame, walks through two spectacular examples of profound scientific discoveries that came from simple, creative methods anyone could have followed.
Will eating "Pop Rocks" and drinking pop make your stomach explode? Steve and Mark bust the myth of eating Pop Rocks and drinking pop. Check out this and other cool science experiments at http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiments/
William Shatner sings "She Blinded Me With Science"
The Futures Channel: Real Math, Real Science, Real Careers. This site features a short video each week of a career in one of many the STEM fields.
Warning! This site will make you want to dance: To highlight some of the critical work being done at the Goodman Cancer Research Centre. They gathered some of their top scientists, students, lab techs and dedicated volunteers, who turned on the music - and danced! Note: Their sponsor, Medicom, makes a donation for each hit to support advances in cancer research at the Goodman Cancer Research Centre. Visit: http://cancercentre.mcgill.ca/

 

Element Song video | The Whirled team got permission from Tom Lehrer to use his song and Google Instant for their Demo Slam.
Rube Goldberg Machine video | How to pour a glass of water accompanied by an original song.

Molecules Gone Wild - Gangnam Style: Macromolecules (biomolecules song)

NASA's Gangnam Style music video: NASA Johnson Style

JPL's NASA team's music video "We are NASA and We Know It!"

How To Be a Scientist: Science Rap (Coma Niddy University)

Bill Nye demonstrates atmospheric pressure (fire and air): 

Listen as Albert Einstein reads his essay, "The Common Language of Science" 1941:

http://www.openculture.com/2013/03/listen_as_albert_einstein_reads_the_common_language_of_science_1941.html

 

TedEducation: The science of macaroni salad: What's in a mixture? - Josh Kurz