Many of us will be spending our summer holidays on the beach, making sandcastles and dipping our toes in the ocean. But have you pondered questions such as where do breakers come from and why is the sea blue in the first place? These questions can be answered with one word – waves.
Have you ever played the game ‘Who Am I?’ It’s a guessing game where you use the traits and characteristics of famous or historical people to score points for your team. You place nametags on the backs of each player and each person has to figure out which famous person they are, only asking ‘Yes’ […]
16th May sees the fourth annual International Day of Light, a worldwide event organised by the United Nations to celebrate the importance of light in science, technology and art. The idea stemmed from the Year of Light held in 2015, which saw over 13,000 events held in 147 countries across the world. The Day of Light […]
A decade ago, a DNA test was only something you undertook in very specific situations – when the paternity of a baby was disputed, for example. Our increased understanding of DNA and the wider availability of testing kits has made testing for a whole range of other reasons both affordable and practical, with companies such […]
Credit: Karin Söderlund Leifler We’ve all heard of graphene – the ground-breaking 2D material which has been developed by a team of British scientists and is thought to have huge possibilities for filtering water among other things. But although the most famous, graphene isn’t the only 2D material out there and development continues apace to […]
If there’s an early contender for the word of 2017, it has to be ‘graphene’. Scientists, from the University of Manchester, first developed graphene in 2004 as the world’s first 2D material. Graphene is just one atom thick – one million times thinner than a human hair – and is 200 times stronger than steel. […]
In 2003, scientist Ray Kurzweil first tested a computer chip designed to replace the hippocampus, the area of the brain often damaged due to disorders such as Alzheimer’s and other degenerative brain diseases. In 2015, Ray Flynn received the first bionic eye transplant and in 2013 the first entirely bionic human (named Frank), with fully […]
Everyone knows about aftershocks following an earthquake, right? Residual, sometimes smaller earthquakes occur some time after an earthquake. But, did you know that a large earthquake could cause a chain reaction and cause further earthquakes in different areas?