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Do try this at home!

Make a paper snake and watch it spin around with hot air


Explore physics the exciting way, by trying out a simple and fun experiment. This month, make a paper snake spin around with hot air. Click here to download a high resolution version of this month's cartoon. Don't forget to check back next month for the next edition...

Previous cartoons (high resolution versions):
September - bending a stream of water
October - creating soap art
November - boiled egg detectives
January - go fishing for ice cubes
February - create a peanut lava lamp
March - amazing air pressure effect with balloons
April - using a coathanger to demonstrate sound travelling in a solid
May - building an alka seltzer rocket
June - mixing wood and water
July - the amazing balancing act
August - fun with straws
September - foil boat
October - elastic bands under the strobe light of your television
November - make a pop bottle implode - just by adding water


Like getting your hands dirty? For more stuff to do, go to NPL's Web World, and you can test how different people see different colours, find out where on Earth you are using a stick or test your reaction time!

Or, you can do some guaranteed absurd and entertaining experiments from www.hunkinsexperiments.com. There are hundreds cool cartoons that will have you experimenting with food, light, sound, clothes, and a whole lot more!