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The science behind the water bottle membranophone, including a discussion of how air vibrates the instrument's membrane, producing sound.
An introduction to a spinning disc called a stroboscope, which lets you create your own animated cartoon. A detailed demonstration of how to make a stroboscope, including a discussion of materials needed. The science behind the Whirling Watcher stroboscope, including a discussion of the phenomenon called persistence of vision, which in this activity creates the illusion of a galloping horse. An introduction to the jitterbug, a simple motorized toy made of a recycled CD and a DC motor. A detailed demonstration of how to make this toy, including a discussion of materials needed. The science behind this toy, including a discussion of how electric circuits work, and how an unbalanced load (an off-center weight on your jitterbug) results in rotational vibration. Hear more from scientists working on the Ice Cube telescope at the South Pole. Meet glaciologist Slawek Tulaczyk and his team, who work in the fast-emerging field of ice sheet dynamics. They speak to us just after returning from a month at a remote camp on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Watch as three giant helium balloons are launched above Antarctica to study climate history; listen as scientists talk about balloon research.