Did you know that rainbows are actually beautiful optical illusions? We see them thanks to the reflection and refraction of light.

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From highlighters to reflective road signs, fluorescence is all around you. But some of the most exciting uses of fluorescence are in medicine and biomedical research.

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From sunburns to skin cancer, there are many ways the sun’s rays can hurt you. Understanding how sunscreen works can help you protect yourself properly.

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How can we learn about the galaxies beyond our own? It all begins with light - the kind we see and the kind we can’t. (4:45 min.)

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CurioCity resources which align with the British Columbia Physics 11 content area on Waves and Optics

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CurioCity resources which align with the Yukon Physics 11 content area on Waves and Optics

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Professor Brian Cox uncovers what the sun is actually made of and how we can learn this without actually travelling there. Taken from Can We Make A Star On Earth? (3:48 min.)

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As the year 1905 began, Albert Einstein faced life as a “failed” academic. Yet within the next twelve months, he would publish four extraordinary papers, each on a different topic, that were destined to radically transform our understanding of the universe. (5:15 min.)

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Your eyes don’t always capture the world exactly as a video camera would. But the eyes are remarkably efficient organs, the result of hundreds of millions of years of coevolution with our brains. Michael Mauser outlines the similarities and differences between your eye and a video camera. (4:56 miln.)

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