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Experimenting with science at home: Feed kids’ curiosity with easy, safe projects they can do with common materials

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FARGO – Start with water. Add a healthy splash of cooking oil, and just a few drops of food coloring.

It might sound like a bad recipe, but in the hands of Graeme Wyllie – and the addition of half a tablet of Alka-Seltzer – the four ingredients combine into an impressive, if only temporary, homemade lava lamp.

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Ryan Johnson
After four years of covering news for the Grand Forks Herald and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Ryan Johnson has been a features reporter for The Forum's Variety section since 2013. His prior beats included politics, business, city government and higher education. Johnson is a 2008 alumnus of the University of North Dakota. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to
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