Jun 27 2016

Ecto Cooler Miniaturization


Apr 28 2016

An Important Message From Kilgore Laboratories:

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Apr 7 2016

Simple Science Episode #05: Sulfur

Episode #05: Sulfur!

Sulfur is one of the most abundant elements in the universe. Few materials are so linked to life and death as the humble sulfur atom. Present in every cell of our bodies, it is impossible to escape the importance of element #16 on the periodic table. Join Ratticus as he explores the physical and chemical characteristics of this fascinating element: sulfur.

About Ratticus:

Ratticus started performing in 1999 as the lead guitarist of the “Dixieland Possum Band.”  After a break of over ten years, Ratticus has returned with a passion for science education and video.  Inspired by the words of Jules Verne, Ratticus’ vision for science education is to present complex scientific principles in a clear and simplistic format while preserving the awe and wonder inherent to scientific discovery.

Everything great in science and art is simple. What can be less complicated than the greatest discoveries of humanity – gravitation, the compass, the printing press, the steam engine, the electric telegraph?     -Jules Verne

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Mar 15 2016

Electricity for Dinner

A tiny dinner is disrupted when thousands of volts dart across the table.


Feb 22 2016

Simple Science Returns With a Lesson on DC Motors

Simple Science Episode #04: DC Motors

DC motors are all around us. From our computers to smartphones to the clocks on the wall, few electric devices do not contain at least one DC motor. How do they work? Ratticus explores DC motors through a series of experiments and activities that show the complexity and the simplicity of their design. In the end you’ll have a greater appreciation for these often hidden wonders of modern life.

About Ratticus:

Ratticus started performing in 1999 as the lead guitarist of the “Dixieland Possum Band.”  After a break of over ten years, Ratticus has returned with a passion for science education and video.  Inspired by the words of Jules Verne, Ratticus’ vision for science education is to present complex scientific principles in a clear and simplistic format while preserving the awe and wonder inherent to scientific discovery.

Everything great in science and art is simple. What can be less complicated than the greatest discoveries of humanity – gravitation, the compass, the printing press, the steam engine, the electric telegraph?     -Jules Verne

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Feb 8 2016

Simple Science Episode #03: Density

Simple Science #03: Density Proficiency!

In Episode #03 of Simple Science, Ratticus explores the physical characteristic of density through hands-on learning and experimentation. In Activity One, we see the variations in density between several different elements. In Activity Two, Ratticus builds a liquid hourglass to show how liquids with different densities can interact.

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Jan 25 2016

Simple Science Episode #02: Resistors

Simple Science #02: Join the Resistance!

In Episode #02 of Simple Science, Ratticus returns to explore the world of electronics by studying one of it’s simplest components: the resistor. In Activity One, Ratticus uses a digital-multimeter to measure the resistance of several different types of resistors and makes an interesting discovery about apples. In Activity Two, Ratticus uses a homemade variable resistor to modify a simple tone generator into an electronic instrument.

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Jan 13 2016

Simple Science Episode One: Steam

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Dec 31 2015

Leaf-Footed Bug

My wife found this little fellow in our bedroom, and I gave it a more dignified funeral than she would have preferred.  Preserved using ethyl acetate and mounted in a prefabricated shadow box with all proper identification.


Dec 25 2015

SCV Medallion Restoration

While metal detecting at one of my wife’s family home sites, I dug up the remains of an old Sons of Confederate Veterans 1928 reunion medallion. I made a silicone mold of it and cast a duplicate for my mother-in-law, the descendant of its original owner. As a Christmas present I, to the best of my ability, replicated the missing parts from clay using a couple of reference pictures I found online. I made a silicone mold of this as well and cast two medallions: one as it was found, and one as if it hadn’t been lost. I tried to replicate the original ribbon using white and gold acrylic paint on a red ribbon. The medallions were painted using several different acrylic paints and washes.