Environment

Mar
03

Where Folklore Meets Science…

The Brits are obsessed with the weather, for the simple fact that it is so changeable in the British Isles. But what did they do before the advent meteorology, supercomputers and the “Shipping Forecast”?

By Joanna | Environment . Science
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As Tough As Diamonds!

So, diamond is the hardest material on Earth, right? Not really, although the element carbon still forms the building blocks of one of the contenders for the crown. 

By Joanna | Environment . Science
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The simple route to complexity

Fractals – nature is full of them. Sometimes described as “pictures of chaos”, they are created by living organisms, weather systems, electricity and, even, black holes. So what exactly are fractals?

By Joanna | Environment . Physics . Science
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Machines That Mimic Nature

Re-inventing ideas from nature is nothing new; think sonar in ships and radar in aircraft, both of which are analogous to echolocation in marine mammals and bats. Indeed, borrowing ideas from nature dates back centuries; for instance, see our blog post “The TENS Commandments” that describes how ancient Greeks and Romans advocated harnessing electric shocks […]

By Joanna | Anatomy . Biology . Environment . Science
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The Evolution of a Great Idea

It’s difficult to imagine a more important contribution to the life sciences than the one made by Charles Darwin.  Along with fellow naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace, Darwin was responsible for originating and developing one of the fundamental building blocks of biology, genetics and ecology – the theory of natural selection. February is the month […]

By Joanna | Biology . Environment . Science
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Baby, it’s cold outside!

  Newsweek's 1975 Article 'The Cooling World' Back in 1975, a science journalist writing for Newsweek magazine wrote a story about falling global temperatures. Albeit that the piece was slightly over-sensationalised, it was based around legitimate data demonstrating that the climate cooled slightly between the 1940s and 1970s – data that is now interpreted to […]

By Joanna | Environment . Science
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Potato Power To The Rescue

Electricity! In previous blogs we’ve written about alternative energy sources such as concentrating the sun’s power using mirrors and even the way ancient people exploited animals like the electric ray for therapeutic purposes. But what if we could harness the natural world – including ourselves – to generate electricity?

By Joanna | Education . Environment . Science
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Something Strange is Happening in Our Rivers

Down the years, ecologists have talked a lot about acid rain and its consequences. Caused by atmospheric pollution – mainly sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide – acid rain has been blamed for killing boreal forests and poisoning aquatic systems. Industrial pollution has definitely played a part in the acidification of water systems, largely through the output […]

By Joanna | Environment
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