Physics

Apr
07

Life on Mars

A lack of investment funding may have pushed back the Mars One mission by two years to 2026, according to a recent announcement, but a visit to the Red Planet still fires the imagination as mankind’s next big adventure. Nevertheless, if you read the science, a lack of funding looks like the least of the […]

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Mar
26

Which Bright Spark Thought Of This?

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 […]

By Joanna | Physics . Science
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Mar
25

Snow On The Slide

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 […]

By Joanna | Physics . Science
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Mar
20

Mind the Diversity Gap!

There’s no doubt that the media has done much to popularise science of late. The recent biopic about physicist Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything, was perhaps a surprise-but-welcome hit, winning a best actor Oscar for Eddie Redmayne in the process. Meanwhile, the comedy show The Big Bang Theory continues to successfully celebrate geekiness in all […]

By Joanna | Education . Physics . Science
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Mar
08

Three Iconic Women Scientists

Despite data continuing to suggest that women have it much tougher than men establishing scientific careers, down the years several pioneering female researchers have swept aside such stereotyping to prove that science is by no means just a man’s world. Here are three legendary women from across the scientific spectrum, who have climbed to the […]

By Joanna | Biology . Education . Physics . Science
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Feb
27

Visualization – Learning Physics In Real Terms

Classrooms around the world are full of students desperately seeking ways to remember facts and figures important for when they are finally tested on their knowledge of their chosen subject. Science is such that it requires a high depth of understanding and an ability to demonstrate knowledge of multiple theories. ;So how do we create […]

By Joanna | Education . Physics
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Rosetta Data Challenges Views on Origin of Earth’s Oceans

  Artist's concept image of Rosetta Orbiter As if November’s historic feat of landing the Philae probe on a comet wasn’t enough, now the Rosetta mission is sending back data that blows a hole in the hypothesis that comets delivered much of Earth’s water to our oceans. Or, if they did, then they weren’t comets […]

By Joanna | Astronomy . Physics . Science
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Should We Be Trying To Not Teach Physics?

As news reports state that STEM jobs are expected to grow by more than 21% over the next 5 years, it’s important that we increase the number of children studying Physics in our schools.  How we teach those children in classroom science is, therefore, of paramount importance. In order for children to be good scientists […]

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