Sci Fi/Sci Fact: Magic Wands

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Sci Fi/Sci Fact: Magic Wands

Magic Wands have been used in storytelling for hundreds for years. From the traditional 18th Century Ballad, Allison Gross, CS Lewis’ 1950 novel, The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, to more recently in Disney’s Fantasia and, of course, the Harry Potter franchise.

Principal Investigator Dr Natalie Plank is a Senior Lecturer in Physics in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington. This week on Sci Fi/Sci Fact, she investigates the power of the magic wand and we learn some great tricks to try at home.

"With your ruler or any other rod or thing that you can find, put some charges on it with your jumper and then run your tap at home and then if you put the rod close to the tap, have a look at what happens to the water – how that moves – and that can tell you a little bit about what’s going on there."

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March 8, 2022