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How Solar Yard Lights Work

A brief description of how Solar Yard Lamps work. This site is part of Marshall Brain's HowStuffWorks.com. A good, understandable site.

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Magic Factory

Includes a number of games about light and colour - reflection, spectrum, speed of light, optical illusions and refraction. Teachers notes available.

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Bending Light

Calculation of the deflection of starlight expected due to bending of light close to a large mass, plus some observed results.

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How the Speed of Light was First Measured

Details of the experiment conducted to determine the speed of light including Ole Römer's observation with an eclipse of Io, Jupiter's moon.

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Faster than the speed of light? We'll need to be patient

Comment by Professor Jim Al-Khalili on why he doesn't believe neutrinos really do travel faster than light.

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A Quintessence of So Subtle a Nature

The historical development of a model for light. In particular the nature of light and its propagation as a wave in the ether.

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Plane polarised light

A simple, easy to understand explanation of polarised light, using the analogy of a piece of string.

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Speed Of Light

Experimental measurements of the speed of light have been refined in progressively more accurate experiments since the seventeenth century.

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Fluorescent lamp

Have you ever wondered how a fluorescent light works? Even though they're nearly as commonplace as normal light bulbs their unusual shape and well-known idiosyncrasies make them seem more mysterious.

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Reflection, the Ray Model of Light and mirrors

A high school physics tutorial on how light is reflected, also covering plane, convex and concave mirrors.

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