Suspended three metres up in the air above a crowd of expectant onlookers at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, a man sits quietly inside a metal mesh sphere. The operator at the control desk on the ground turns some dials to deliver a high-voltage charge of approximately 270 kV, which the visitors can see arcing […]
Back in March 1910, two avalanches struck in in the Cascade and Selkirk Mountain ranges in less than a week: on 1 March, the Wellington avalanche killed 96 people in Washington State, United States; three days later, 62 railroad workers were killed in the Rogers Pass avalanche in British Columbia, Canada. Lives were lost on […]
They say that 'citizen science' is the new black. These days, the involvement of science hobbyists and keen amateurs is much in demand across a whole range of disciplines; their enthusiasm, powers of observation and insightful analysis can make an invaluable contribution to numerous research projects.
It seems that geek really is chic right now! Cult US sitcom Big Bang Theory picked up three accolades – more than any other programme – at the Critics' Choice TV Awards in Los Angeles recently. Not only was the show named best comedy series, stars Simon Helberg and Kaley Cuoco scooped awards for best […]
Down the years, June has been a prolific month for inventions: for instance, on 20 June 1840, Samuel Morse – inventor of Morse Code – was granted a patent for telegraphy signal; almost four years later on 15 June, Charles Goodyear received patent number 3,633 for vulcanizing rubber, a process that enabled the production of […]
Listening to music makes you smarter, right? ..Well, probably. Ever since a landmark 1993 paper1 in the journal Nature, popular belief has been that listening to classical music increases your intelligence – the so-called ‘Mozart effect’. The researchers reported that people enjoyed brief improvements in their visual-spatial skills immediately after listening to a sonata by […]