Science!, Science! For Parties

Science! For Parties- Call me Iceman

Iceman. Frozone. SubZero. Elsa. No matter what era you grew up in odds are one of your childhood heroes (or villains) had super-cool (pun intended) ice powers. Well in today’s Science! For Parties, you’re going to learn how to summon up your own insta-freeze powers. All you’ll need are a couple of bottles of unopened purified water and a freezer. Lay the bottles down in your freezer and let them be for about an hour and a half. After that check them every fifteen minutes or so. When the bottles are still liquid but starting to see the water getting…

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Robot Don’t Wear Belts: Animal Robots

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but let’s get real. Since the days of the original Lost in Space, what every little kid has really wanted is a kick-ass robot sidekick. We here at the Eclectic Eccentric say why choose? Shouldn’t we all have a faithful companion who is both a canine and a robot? I think we’ve earned that as a species. Well those of us who believe in science do anyway, screw the flat-earthers and climate change deniers. No Robo-puppies for them. For today’s entry of Robot Don’t Wear Belts we’re going to take a look at one…

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Robots Don't Wear Belts, Science!

Robots Don’t Wear Belts-Thought-Controlled Robots

It’s a fact that the human brain only uses ten percent of its true potential at any given time. Nah, I’m joking. That “fact” is complete bullshit. An apocryphal notion promulgated by bad science fiction writers looking for some pseudo-scientific reasoning that their characters can develop crazy mind powers out of nowhere. The subject of this Robots Don’t Wear Belts, however, promises to show you a cool new thing humans are learning to do with their brains that are firmly rooted in real science even though it might sound like an idea straight out of fiction: Thought-Controlled Robots. Don’t get…

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Science! For Parties- Backwards When Wet

I don’t know about you but we here at the Eclectic Eccentric are firm believers in the saying that “a party isn’t a party until it there’s an optical illusion involved”. What’s that? You’ve never heard of that saying. Well, that’s odd because it is totally a thing. Anyway, where was I? Oh, that’s right optical illusions. Well in this edition of Science! For Parties, you’re going to learn how to make an arrow reverse course using nothing more than a glass of water. For this trick, you’ll need a piece of paper, a permanent marker, and a clear glass…

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Science! For Parties-The Magic Comb

Sometimes when you’re at a party you just end up chilling in the kitchen. And what’s wrong with that? It’s close to the food and the drinks. It’s the perfect spot really. And since you are one of the cool kids, I know you’ll have your handy dandy black comb in your back pocket to make sure that your ‘do stays cool like you. But if you’re looking to be extra cool, we can do that too. Because in this edition of Science! For Parties, you’re going to learn how to work some magic with that comb. This is another…

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Science! For Parties- Literary Tension

We here at the Eclectic Eccentric are big fans of interdisciplinary learning. The more areas of interest you can combine into one happening the better as far as we’re concerned. Which is why we are delighted to present this little crossover trick to you now. In this edition of Science! For Parties, you are going to learn how to create literary tension using Science! This trick is very easy to do and sure to fascinate your friends at any party. All you need are two books of similar size. Take the books and merge their pages together like you were…

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Mind Blown, Science!

Mind Blown- Hubble’s Theory of Universal Expansion

Greetings and welcome back to Mind Blown. I’m going to go out on a limb today and assume that if you are reading an obscure blog about mind-blowing scientific concepts, that you have at least a passing familiarity with The Big Bang Theory (not the television show, the actual Big Bang Theory). What you may not know is that following the creation and the rapid expansion of the universe as we know it, things kept expanding! To explain that a little bit more clearly we need to go back to Einstein and his Theory of General Relativity (I mean don’t…

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Robots Don't Wear Belts, Science!

Robots Don’t Wear Belts: Driverless Cars

Robots are the future. There is really no doubt about that. As technologies advance more and more things that we took for granted as human activities will become the responsibilities of automated machines. It will happen sooner than most of us think and the result will be a profound change in our way of life. Perhaps there is no better example of this than the rise of autonomous vehicles. In the United States, there are nearly 800 automobiles for every 1,000 people. Driving is something we do on a daily basis. Even those of us who don’t own cars ourselves…

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Mind Blown, Science!

Mind Blown- Universal Hologram

The Cake is a lie. Or at least your preconceived notion that the cakes exists in three-dimensional space could possibly be a lie. What in the world am I talking about you ask, equal parts intrigued and befuddled. Well, its complicated, and more than a little difficult to wrap your brain around. Which makes it perfect for another edition of Mind Blown. Right now you think you have a pretty firm handle on what your world looks like. It’s three-dimensional. You can reach out and touch your computer or your desk, or your coffee mug and prove that. But there…

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Science! For Parties- Flaming Teabags of Doom

Are we in Boston circa 1773 because let me tell you, dear reader, we are about to have a tea party! Well sort of. I’m about to teach you a cool trick you can do with a tea bag at a party! Okay, I’ll admit it, my historical reference only has a tenuous connection to what we’re going to do today. But there will be fire, so get excited. In this edition of Science! For Parties, we are going to turn an empty teabag into a flaming rocket. First, you’ll need to gather up your supplies. Which in this case…

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