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Science isn't just for scientists. In this occasional series, the Monitor's science team suggests inexpensive experiments to try at home – no Bunsen burner required.
The ability to study DNA revolutionized the field of biology. But to study it, scientists first have to extract DNA molecules from the rest of an organism.
As pet lovers know well, cats love nestling into boxes. No one know for sure why, but scientists think it has something to do with the way it feels.
Convection, the transfer of heat via the movement of fluids, is one of the major processes that drive the weather. But if you want to visualize how it works, you might want to try using water instead of air.
Children love to play with water. But water can also be a great medium to explore scientific concepts. This series of experiments delves into the properties of surface tension.
Plastics are present in nearly every aspect of children's lives. This experiment offers children a window into the history of plastics as well as a chance to observe chemical reactions.
Few things are as constant as the passage of time. But with this simple experiment, children can see first hand how their mind can alter their perceptions of time.
Rocket science is often used as shorthand for something nearly impossible to comprehend. This experiment uses ordinary household objects to demonstrate basic principles of space flight.
Water is the most abundant compound on Earth. But even mundane materials can sometimes behave in unexpected ways.
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