What Are The Best Scientific Experiments That You Can Do At Home?

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Not every experiment requires a lab to complete it. In fact, plenty of them work out just as easily in your own home.

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Maybe you want to suggest an experiment for the young scientists-to-be in your life. Or maybe you have something to suggest for the fully-grown amateur scientists out there who want to see a scientific concept illustrated, right in their very own kitchens or garages.

Tell us in the comments how the experiment works, what you need to do it, and explain just what scientific principle is behind the whole thing.

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A friend of mine has a nuclear fusion reactor in his basement. Seriously. Invented in the ‘60s by Philo Farnsworth (the same guy who invented electronic television), it uses high voltage to accelerate deuterium into the center electrode where the nuclei collide and fuse. High losses prevent such devices from even approaching break-even, but it’s a very cool home science project. Google “Farnsworth fusor”.