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Physics Toy Store 06


Spin Bank


From Amazon: Spin Bank



CMB Globe

Globe of the CMB: measuring 7cm in diameter this 3D printed globe shows the temperature map of the entire sky in the microwave frequency range- and shows the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation, the light of the photons left over from the Big Bang. Similar to the celestial globe (two posts back) except the electromagnetic radiation is microwaves instead of visible light. If your eyes could see microwaves this is what the sky would look like- hot and cold patches -a few parts per million difference between red (hot) and blue (cold). ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for more info on where to get this and many other physics toys. #physics #physicstoy #cmb #cosmology #bigbang #wmap #planckspacecraft #globe #celestialglobe #3dprinting #science #sciencemeetsart #scienceisawesome

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Get your globe of the earliest light of the universe from this Etsy shop:

LittlePlanetFactory: CMB Globe

Wikipedia has a good introduction to the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation, and here is a nice timeline of events from the Big Bang.

The map used for this globe is the data from the WMAP space probe.



Vintage Celestial Globe

Vintage Celestial Globe: this six inch sphere has a complete map of the night sky and shows all stars down to 4th magnitude (about 350 total). Produced in the 1950s by Columbus Verlag the map includes major constellations, our galaxy the Milky Way, and the dwarf galaxies of the Magellanic Clouds. Celestial spheres like this one show the correct positions of each star as they would be seen if you could look outward from the center of the globe. Can you find the Big Dipper in this video? ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for information on where to get globes like this one and many other physics toys. #globe #celestial #celestialglobe #celestialsphere #sphere #constellation #astronomy #physics #physicstoy #starmap #science #scienceisawesome

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Many star globes can be found on Amazon- but most are not very accurate. Of those available I can only recommend this Replogle Constellation globe:

From Amazon: Replogle Constellation globe

Some amazing antique celestial globes can often be found on eBay:

From eBay: Vintage Celestial Globes



Balance Jet

The jet toy in the video is vintage from the 90's and can occasionally be found on eBay. Follow the links after the following video for currently available (and awesome) toys that operate on the same physics principle.



Balance Pteranodon

Balance Pteranodon: weights in the forward wing tips create a center of mass below this pterosaur's beak- making a system that can rotate and oscillate about a stable equilibrium condition. No magnets used or needed for this physics! Usually this toy is found in the form of a bird (direct dinosaur descendent). Pterosaurs are not dinosaurs, but are the largest animals to ever fly, and powered flight has only evolved four times: bats, birds, pterosaurs, and insects- in that order. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile to get this toy pteranodon and other physics toys. #equilibrium #centerofmass #physics #physicstoy #balance #balancebird #balancetoy #pteranodon #pterosaur #rotationalinertia #science #scienceisawesome #stableequilibrium

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Get this fun and unique balance toy here:

From Amazon: Balancing Pteranodon

Get the classic balancing bird here:


From Educational Innovations: Balancing Bird



Poly-acrylamide Polymer Vanishing Act:

Just add water and these spheres increase their volume by a factor of 300.
Get some here!


From Educational Innovations: Growing Spheres



Swinging Sticks:

Swinging Sticks: kinetic art of coupled physical pendulums. The axes of rotation of the rods are chosen to exhibit the widest range of interesting and mathematically chaotic motion. Four AA batteries and a simple kicker circuit in the base gives a push to a magnet in the end of the large rod keeping the system in motion for up to two months. This device was featured in the movie Iron Man II sitting on the desk of Pepper Potts. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for information on where to get this and many other physics toys. #physics #physicstoy #pendulum #coupledpendulums #coupledharmonicoscillator #harmonic #physicalpendulum #chaos #chaostheory #nonlinear #nonlineardynamics #strangeattractor #science #kinetic #kineticart #swingingsticks #ironman #pepperpotts #scienceisawesome

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From Amazon: Swinging Sticks Kinetic Art



Hygroscopic Cellophane Fish

Hygroscopic Cellophane: this thin sheet of cellophane polymer curls up when placed on the palm- according to the packaging the reaction of the fish tells you about the state of your love life. Why does it curl? Note the fish reacts in an identical fashion when placed on a damp sponge. The cellophane polymer is hygroscopic and the slight moisture from skin or sponge makes the bottom side of the fish swell- the moisture evaporates quickly and it straightens back out. The process makes the fish flop about - miracle of science, and capillary action! ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info on where to get this and many other physics toys. #hygroscopic #fotunetellingfish #waterlock #cellophane #chemistry #physics #physicstoy #science #scienceisawesome #absorption

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From Educational Innovations: Fortune Fish Physics



MaBoRun Mini: small vortex marble run fun

Available here:

From Amazon: MaBoRun



Balancing Man: low center of mass kinetic art

Balancing Man: low center of mass kinetic art sculpture by Kyle Auga @kyleskinetics has the curious motion of a 3D physical pendulum- the complex motion can be broken down into oscillations along two dimensions and rotation about the point of contact. Made of stainless steel with a powder-coated base, the stick figure plus counterweights and bar structure is designed such that its center of mass is few centimeters below the contact point when at rest. When the sculpture is tipped the center of mass swings under the pivot point in this stable equilibrium condition- no magnets needed to create this physics magic. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info on where to get Kyle's work and many other physics toys. #KylesKinetics #kineticart #centerofmass #lowcenterofmass #balancetoy #physicstoy #physicsart #physics #stableequilibrium #equilibrium #oscillations #physicalpendulum #pendulum #torque #restoringforce #desktoy #science #scienceisawesome #newtonssecondlaw #centerofgravity

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Kyle Auga creates incredible kinetic sculptures- all of them use physics to showcase the unexpected nature of nature.

Check out Kyle's art on Etsy: Kyle's Kinetics
Contact Kyle through Etsy or IG.



3D Fractal Sculpture

Fractals in nature! Romanesco Broccoli



Vortex Marble with Gilson Opal Sphere

Vortex Marble with Gilson Opal Sphere: glass art intersects with the physics of optics in this spectacular piece from lampworking master Raven Copeland aka @madglasser -The clear glass face acts as a convex lens giving the illusion that the spiral goes deeper than the diameter of the marble. The illusion is even stronger in person and I'm still trying to figure out how Raven produces the amazing 3-D background features. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for info on where to get art marbles like this- and many other physics toys. #physicsmeetsart #physics #physicstoy #marble #vortex #vortexmarble #madglasser #madglasser10k #optics #refraction #indexofrefraction #opalescence #iridescence #illusion #art #artglass #artmarble #marble #amazing #lampwork #lampworking #vitamino #opal #fumed #science #scienceisawesome

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Raven Copland makes some of the most amazing art marbles in terms of clarity and creativity. Check out his shop here:

Raven's Glass

A wide range of vortex marbles (price and quality) are available on Etsy:

From Etsy: Vortex Marbles


Space Wheel Kinetic Art

Often available on eBay

From eBay: Space Wheel


UV Fluid Flow Kaleidoscope

UV Fluid Flow Kaleidoscope: original glitter wand kaleidoscope made by Illusions back in the 1990s. Intricate geometry from multiple reflections coupled with the viscous fluid motion of the glitter produces this psychedelic kinetic art. Under the illumination of a UV light this version takes it to the next level featuring fluorescent pieces and phosphorescent stars in the fluid of the wand. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile to find where to get kaleidoscopes like this and many other physics toys. #Kaleidoscope #kaleidoscopic #physics #reflect #glitterwand #physicstoy #psychedelic #kineticart #glitterstick #science #mirror #symmetry #math #mathtoy #geometry #glitterstick #UV #ultraviolet #blacklight #glowinthedark #scienceisawesome

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These dynamic kaleidoscopes are still in production:

From Amazon:Kaleidoscope with Glitter Wand or from this selection including a smaller version: Liquid Motion Kaleidoscopes



Happy/Sad Spheres

This classic elastic/inelastic collision demonstration is available here:


From Educational Innovations: Happy/Sad Collision Demo



Planetary Gear Train with Non-circular Gears

Planetary Gear Train: with non-circular gears! This piece of kinetic art features a 6-sided Sun Gear, six 3-sided Planetary Gears, all held within the 12-sided hole of the Annular Gear. The video captures three of the many interesting modes of these epicylic gear systems: 1) holding the sun gear fixed while rotating the annular gear allows the planetary gears to orbit, 2) pinning the planetary gears such that they can spin (but not orbit) allows the sun gear to go in the reverse direction of the annular gear, 3) holding one planetary gear fixed produces curious motion- note that although the other planetary gears move they do not spin about their axes! Situation 2) is how reverse gear is accomplished in the transmissions of many vehicles. Thanks to Logan Needham for the ingenuous display stand worthy of his work of physics and engineering art. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for information on where to get this device and many other physics toys. #epicyclic #epicyclicgearing #planetarygear #planetarygearset #epicycloid #physics #physicstoy #noncirculargear #sungear #geartrain #science #kineticart #art #lasercut #torque #scienceisawesome

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This amazing kinetic art, and many other laser cut wood art forms, are available in Logan Needham's shop on Etsy

From RailandOak on Etsy: Planetary Gears

Learn more about planetary gear systems on Wikipedia (Epicyclic Gearing) and see them in action in this wonderful Army training video from 1953.

Here are some other fun non-circular gear designs.



Orbitz

As of the posting of this video there are seven listings on eBay where you can purchase an unopened bottle of Orbitz. Of course I do not recommend drinking a 20 year old beverage unless it is a good bottle of wine or whiskey!

From eBay: Orbitz



Levitron Revolution

Levitron Revolution: exquisitely engineered control system uses an adjustable electromagnet and and a Hall effect sensor to levitate an 8 cm in diameter neodymium magnet platform 5 cm in mid-air. The feedback loop allows fine tuning of the magnetic field to exactly balance the pull of gravity. The platform also rotates, perfect for a "floating rings" illusion sculpture. ➡️ Follow the link in my profile for more info and about where to get this and many other physics toys. #equilibrium #neodymium #levitron #levitronrevolution #magnetic #magneticfield #halleffect #feedbackloop #controlsystem #physics #physicstoy #electricalengineering #electromagnetism #electromagnet #floatingrings #halleffectprobe #science #levitation #scienceisawesome #maglev

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Get the levitating/rotating platform here:

From Amazon: Levitron Revolution

Versions of the floating rings illusion can be found at the Exploratorium and the Carnegie Science Center.



Magnified Views of MagneView Film

MagneView film for sale: See the links below the next video for details.



MagneView Film

Available from


From Educational Innovations: Magnetic Field Viewing Film


For my followers in Europe, here is a local source:

From MaterialSampleShop.com: Magnetic Field Viewing Film



Magnetic Poles of Refrigerator Magnets

Read about how to make a Halbach array, and the physics of how magnetic fields can add and subtract from each other: Wikipedia- Halback Array

The amazing green magnetic viewing film is available from these soucres:


From Educational Innovations: Magnetic Field Viewing Film


and for my followers in Europe, here is a local source:

From MaterialSampleShop.com: Magnetic Field Viewing Film



Scale Saturn with Ring System and Earth

Scale Saturn with Ring System and Earth: 3D printed accurate scale model of the Earth (diameter = 0.80 cm) and Saturn (diameter = 7.6 cm). The ring system is color printed on transparency film- note that the inner ring edge to the outermost ring measures 73000 kilometers and could fit almost 7 Earths side by side. The rings around the actual planet are very thin though, about 1 kilometer thick, so the transparency film is 250 times too thick to be to scale, and even just the thin 0.010 mm ink layer on the film is 20 times thicker that the actual rings would be at this scale! Made by artist/maker Jay Fisher using images from NASA. #Saturn #scale #scalemodel #solarsystem #physics #physicstoy #scienceisawesome #science #astronomy #astrophysics #jpl #nasa #ringsofsaturn #3dprinting #celestial #celestialrocks #earth

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Amazing 3D-printing by Jay Fisher. See his main page here, and follow the link after the Jupiter video below for his Shapeways shop

CelestialRocks.com: Scale model of solar system



Scale Jupiter and Earth

Get the whole solar system here:

From Shapeways: True Scale Model Solar System



Transparent Conducting Film

Get a sample just like the one in the video here:

From MaterialSampleShop.com: LED Film




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