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Weird Science: 40 Strange-Acting, Bizarre-Looking, and Barely Believable Activities for Kids

Weird Science: 40 Strange-Acting, Bizarre-Looking, and Barely Believable Activities for Kids

Jim Wiese, Ed Shems (Illustrator)

ISBN: 978-0-471-65052-2

May 2004

128 pages

$9.99

Description

Discover the weird science behind the ickiest, wackiest, most unusual things ever to exist!

Would you like to make your own slime, discover how lava lamps work, or learn how materials decompose?
Have you ever heard about ball lightning or the Aurora Borealis on the news and wondered what the reporter was talking about?
Are you looking for great ideas for your next science fair project?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then Weird Science is for you! From banana slugs and dry ice to optical illusions and time travel, you'll investigate some of the most bizarre scientific oddities on Earth. Dozens of fun-packed activities help you see for yourself how quicksand really works, why our feet sometimes get smelly, how worm holes and black holes are formed, why insects can walk on water, and much more. You'll even see how you can turn these amazing activities into science projects! Each experiment is safe and easy to do, and all you need is everyday stuff from around the house. So get ready to take a strange, creepy, and sometimes even gross journey through Weird Science!

Acknowledgments v

Introduction 1

How to Use This Book 1

Being a Good Scientist 1

Increasing Your Understanding 2

Using This Book to Do a Science Fair Project 2

A Word of Warning 3

1 Weird Substances: Slip, Ooze, and Creep 5

Project 1: Slime 6

Project 2: Quicksand 8

Project 3: Curved Water 10

Project 4: Dry Ice 12

Project 5: Slime Molds 14

Project 6: Moving “Lava” 17

2 Weird Plants: Way to Grow 21

Project 1: The Eyes Have It 22

Project 2: Insect Eaters 24

Project 3: Spore Losers 27

Project 4: “Corpse Flower” 29

Project 5: Epiphytes and Stranglers 32

Project 6: Cacti 34

3 Weird Animals: No Pets Allowed 37

Project 1: Electric Eel 38

Project 2: Mudskippers 40

Project 3: Weird Ants 42

Project 4: Banana Slug 44

Project 5: Dung Beetles 46

Project 6: Naked Mole Rats 49

Project 7: Gone Batty 51

4 Weird Microbes: The Good, the Bad, the Smelly 55

Project 1: Smelly Feet 56

Project 2: Early Risers 58

Project 3: Galdieria Sulphuraria 60

5 Weird Weather: Ball Lightning, Rogue Waves, and Twisting Tornadoes 65

Project 1: The Perfect Storm 66

Project 2: Ball Lightning 69

Project 3: Extreme Winds 72

Project 4: Tornadoes 74

6 Weird Earth: Geysers, Caves, and Other Strange Formations 77

Project 1: Geysers 78

Project 2: Weird Caves 80

Project 3: Weird Rocks 82

7 Weird Sights: Mirages, Northern Lights, and Illusions 85

Project 1: Mirages 86

Project 2: Aurora Borealis 88

Project 3: Optical Illusions 89

8 Weird Sounds: High and Low 93

Project 1: Doggy Do 94

Project 2: Aeolian Sounds 97

Project 3: Playing Glasses 99

Project 4: Things That Go Bump in the Night 100

Project 5: Listen to Yourself 102

9 Weird Physics: Fact or Fiction? 105

Project 1: Relativity and Time Travel 106

Project 2: Worm Holes and Black Holes 109

Project 3: Antimatter 112

Glossary 115

Index 119