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

Like what you see? Follow Simple Science on Nerd Squadron, as well as Simple Science at Kilgore Laboratories!


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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Jul 5 2015

Variac Pendants

I created these Variac pendants from polymer clay, then made a silicone mold to replicate them in resin. Acrylic paint custom mixed then washed in black.


Jun 30 2015

Ham Radio Coil

While shopping in an old electronics store shortly before it closed down, I found an interesting old ham radio coil that was missing a few parts. I bought it and decided that I would use what was left of the device as a pattern and recreate it. I tried making a mold of the insulators from latex unsuccessfully, and ultimately poured the mold using silicone. I cast the insulators from resin, and cut the support rings from a PVC pipe using a miter saw. Instead of the original’s steel band coil, I opted for a brass coil of the same parameters.


May 14 2015

Elemental Pendants

I had the idea for these pendants several years ago, but I never got around to putting them together. I used 2mL Fisherbrand crimp top vials with small corks to contain the individual elements. I chose to label them with small copper tags, hand-stamped with the elemental symbol and atomic number.


Oct 7 2014

Carolina Mantis Preservation

I found this little one succumbing to pesticide poisoning on my back  porch. I “rescued” it from a tiny spider and lay it to rest in a kill jar filled with evaporated ethyl acetate.  Pinned, dried, and mounted in a decorative bell jar.


Feb 11 2014

Tiny Tesla Coil Earrings and Pendants

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New for 2014 is our line of Tesla coil earrings and pendants!

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Both formats are available for sale in our Etsy store: KilgoreLaboratories!

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