Why can't science cure the flu?
Now in the final stages of testing the new version of the site
which has a few new modules. Once again a new version of the Shockwave
plug-in was released and I fixed a few modules that needed some
changes made. Stay tuned for the improved download page by next
I downloaded the most recent version of the shockwave plug-in
yesterday, and discovered a number of problems with many of the
modules. I've believe I've fixed the majority of them, but the
"orbit simulator" has a few more problems I have to deal with
(it is still marginally functional).
I have a mirror site set up here at U of Michigan which you may
want to use if it is closer to your location.
I put a stand-alone software app for the site on the download
page (currently just for Macs, PC's will be arriving "soon") so
you could grab that, and then use these modules without having
to use your web browser.
I added a "time estimation" module which I use when I am trying
to teach students about histograms, mean, standard deviation,
etc. It is under the life sciences.
Another semester is about to begin, so I've been trying to get
caught up on some of my e-mail messages (why is it so easy to
glance at messages, do some work, and then all of a sudden you
have 200 messages in your In-Box?). This site was named "Best
of the Web" by Snap! Online (a new part of C|NET).
I also received a message in Portuguese (I'm still working on
finding someone to translate it for me), and I think it says that
my site is now listed on a science-oriented Brazilian web site.
The logo is nifty!
Continuing on the non-US country thread, I received a Top 5% Award
from a German web page which has links to many interesting physics
sites which use multimedia. I guess I am currently ranked #3 (at
least a German buddy of mine [MF] told me that - since I can read about eight words). He also
told me that this site was mentioned in a recent issue of DOS
and PC World magazines, and that the German word "didaktik" means
science education (my language lesson of the day).
Near the end of this week I'll be posting the first "update" for
the downloaded version of this site. I've just added a few small
things (such as the module descriptions).
Happy New Year! During the break I spent some time updating this
site (which you probably noticed by now). I'd love to get some
feedback on it, so if you get a chance, drop me a line. I added
a simple "seesaw" torque module (under "Basics" in the Interactive
Zone). I have about six more modules "in progress" that I will
hopefully post in the next few months. I'm almost ready to update
the download page, where you'll be able to get this site as stand-alone
software for either a mac or a pc-clone. I should get that done
by the end of this month. I'm also trying to get a few mirrors
of this site set up, and hopefully I'll have that taken care of
in the next month or two.
This site was chosen as one of the Exploratorium's Top Ten Sites of the Month!
I promise I'll update the download page this weekend. As is often
the case, finding time for this "hobby" of mine sometimes gets
I added a feature to the density lab so that you can change the
density of the "pail full of liquid." There is a new shocked module
I made for COSI Toledo where you can take a few "point and click" typing tests. In the
different tests you can change which way the mouse motion will
be altered. I enjoy playing with it and am just amazed how long
it takes to type a single word when the left/right or up/down
I haven't yet had a chance to update the download section of my
site, but I hope to get to that this week. Classes have started
here at U of M, and I spent a bit of time putting the COSI Site together - so go check it out if you get a chance :)
Updated the moment of inertia lab to include a hollow sphere,
a solid sphere, and a hollow 'disc.' Added a white light to the
prism, and got the converging lens in a finalized form (for now
anyway :). Classes start up again in two weeks here at U of Mich,
so things may slow down for awhile (on the site that is - not
in terms of my work load!), but in the next week or two I will
get the download file updated in case you want to keep a copy
of this site on your local computer.
Added the first of several optics modules I want to do, although
at the rate the summer is going along, I'm not sure I'll get the
rest done this summer. Working on a new version of the shocked
front page that I may put up with one of the dreaded under construction
I added a really nifty 2D frictionless puck table. With this table
you can simulate about 6 weeks of experiments that the freshman
do here at U of M.
I plan to add some documentation for this one when I get a chance.
Several minor changes were made on many pages (but not with experiments).
I added the "History and Awards" page in an effort to clean up
the front page a bit more.
I did add a "black hole" sort of game that I made many months
ago and just never remembered to link to it. It has little science
in it (just a little gravitational attraction) and I enjoy going
for the big points and ending up with tremendously negative scores.
I made a new version of the air track experiment. There is currently
a link to it from the current air track page. It was done in Director
6, so you need the most recent plug-in. In about a month or so
the old version will become an archive :)
I finally got a bit of free time and decided to change the front
page, since it was becoming LARGE from a graphics point of view.
I think this new page looks pretty good and is still relatively
small. I also got the domain name ExploreScience.com :) If you
find any bad links/typos, please let me know.
I've been learning the new features of Director 6, but haven't
yet put any new files here on the web. In the next month I probably
will, so be sure you have the latest plug-in if you start getting
strange errors when you visit this site.
I will be doing major upgrades to some of my earliest modules
(inclined plane and air track) while I'm learning Dir6's nifty
new features, so stay tuned and visit again when you get a chance.
I am probably going to change the download area a bit and let
you download "projectors" rather than the html files. I think
it will make life just a bit easier for me (and users who are
interested in using this material). By the time school starts
in Sept. you'll have a lot of new and easy to use material!