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When we look at the sky, we have a flat, two-dimensional view. So how do astronomers figure the distances of stars and galaxies from Earth? (5:29 min.)

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In this winning entry for the 2014 Flame Challenge Physics Girl explains the mystery of color. How we see colour is very complicated and involves wavelength, reflection, signals and perception (3:50 min.)

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When we measure things, most people are only worried about how accurate, or how close to the actual value, they are. Matt Anticole explains what exactly precision is and how can help us to measure things better. (4:52 min.)

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Scientists have found thousands of planets that orbit other stars, just like Earth orbits the Sun. Some of them might even be able to support life.

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This resource provides educators with the tools to help them take students from their initial thinking about careers to a deeper understanding of the variety of careers available.

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Is the construction of a space elevator viable? Or is it science fiction? This video addresses what a space elevator would like, what it could be made of and the challenges involved in building one. (5:25 min.)

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We’ve all had the experience: you’re walking across a soft carpet, you reach for the doorknob and … ZAP. But what causes this trademark jolt of static electricity? (3:38 min.)

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My academic career so far has taken me from my hometown of Victoria B.C., to Guelph, Ontario, and back to Vancouver, B.C. where I am currently a PhD student at Simon Fraser University. I like the west coast weather and hiking in the mountains when I get the time.

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In this case study, students will learn about cosmic ray particles and will discuss the health risks from cosmic radiation to flight crews and other long-distance airline passengers.

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This backgrounder discusses the factors that affect the amount of cosmic radiation people receive on long-distance flights.

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