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Take a Science Break with TWC News Chief Meteorologist Burton Fitzsimmons as he connects you, and the minds of area youth, to the world of science every Tuesday.

08/12/2014 10:14 AM Posted By: Burton Fitzsimmons
TWC News: The Secret Behind the Green Screen
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Our meteorologists are on TV in front of the weather map all the time, but how does all that technology work?

The secret is in the green screen, also known as a chroma key wall.

"We pick a color that is not natural or frequently worn either so that we can use a special computer called chroma keyer to remove the green and allow us to put anything behind it we want," our Burton Fitzsimmons said.

Find out more in the "Science Break" segment above.


08/05/2014 09:58 AM Posted By: Burton Fitzsimmons
TWC News: Good Vibrations: The Science of Sound
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What is it about our mouths that creates sound? Vibrations.

Armed with that knowledge, we're using some clear tape and pursed lips to make some good vibrations — and some good sound.

Check out exactly what happens and what sound our little experiment makes in the "Science Break" segment above.


07/29/2014 08:42 AM Posted By: Burton Fitzsimmons
TWC News: Air Pressure is the Answer
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Picture this: A small piece of crumpled paper is underneath a coin inside a shot glass.

Our goal is to get the paper on top of the coin — without touching anything. With the right amount of air pressure applied, it might be possible.

Do you think we can do it? Watch the "Science Break" segment above to find out.


07/22/2014 08:44 AM Posted By: Burton Fitzsimmons
TWC News: Egg-cellent
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Science doesn't have to be boring. In fact, it can be rather egg-citing.

Today, our Burton Fitzsimmons has quite the experiment: With the proper weight distribution, is it possible to walk on eggs without cracking them?

See how it all turns out in the "Science Break" segment above.


07/15/2014 11:21 AM Posted By: Burton Fitzsimmons
TWC News: ‘Bending’ light
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We learn in school that light travels in a straight line—but that can change with a simple experiment.

With the help of an adult, poke a small hole in a water bottle. Be sure to have a bucket to catch the flow of water. Then, turn out the lights and point a laser at the water.

See what happens next in this “Science Break” in the video above.


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