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How can I make a pinewood derby car go faster?

Ever wanted to make that pinewood derby car run faster? This article breaks it down mathematically, focusing on air resistance, axle friction and tire stickiness and how these factors affect the performance of your car.

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  • 10 Antique Toys That Still Look Like Fun

    10 Antique Toys That Still Look Like Fun

    Although kids have always improvised things to play with, toys, as we know them, have actually been around only for a few centuries. Some of the hoops and pedal cars of yesteryear would still be fun to play with, we think. See more »

  • 10 Classic Toys That Could Kill You

    10 Classic Toys That Could Kill You

    Whether you grew up in the carefree '50s or the safety-conscious '90s, you probably know of a toy that was lots of fun and, in hindsight, flat-out dangerous. Most are off the shelves now, but this list might bring back memories. See more »

  • 10 Must-have Toys for 2012

    10 Must-have Toys for 2012

    Every holiday season, there's that handful of "it" toys -- the hottest gifts for kids. Which products will Santa be delivering the most in 2012? See more »

  • 10 Toys So Popular They Incited Violence

    10 Toys So Popular They Incited Violence

    Would you knock down a fellow shopper to get your hands on a toy? Here are 10 toys that inspired some heinous acts of violence in the name of spreading holiday cheer. See more »

  • How Boomerangs Work

    How Boomerangs Work

    It's pretty amazing: When you throw a boomerang, it actually does come back to you -- if you throw it properly. Find out why the boomerang returns and how to throw it like a pro. See more »

  • How can I make a pinewood derby car go faster?

    How can I make a pinewood derby car go faster?

    Ever wanted to make that pinewood derby car run faster? This article breaks it down mathematically, focusing on air resistance, axle friction and tire stickiness and how these factors affect the performance of your car. See more »

  • How Dancing Monsters Work

    How Dancing Monsters Work

    The Dancing Monster is a popular novelty toy that reacts to noise or motion that it senses in the surrounding area. Find out how the Dancing Monster works and what the different Dancing Monster parts do to entertain and surprise. See more »

  • How Easy-Bake Ovens Work

    How Easy-Bake Ovens Work

    Making real baked treats in a toy oven is one of the great joys of childhood. Who knew that the heat of a light bulb would create a childhood culinary icon? See more »

  • How Juggling Works

    How Juggling Works

    Once confined to vaudeville and music halls, today's jugglers do anything from plate spinning to playing with devil sticks. In fact, you could define juggling as using feats of dexterity to manipulate one or more objects. See more »

  • How Lego Bricks Work

    How Lego Bricks Work

    For many, Lego building is not kid's play at all. In fact, some amazing works of art and pieces of machinery have been made from this classic toy. Watch a cool video and see impressive images of Lego genius. See more »

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