Science

Feb
02

Time Travel is Possible … sort of

Is time travel possible? In true time travel fashion let’s start with the conclusion. Yes, time travel is possible and has in fact been done before. Going forward in time is actually relatively easy, it’s going forward a considerable number of years or travelling back in time that proves difficult. Take the International Space Station […]

By Joanna | Physics . Science
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Oct
04

Could We Be Headed for a Helium Shortage – And Should We Care?

Helium is one of the gases we’re most familiar with – who hasn’t played with a helium party balloon or sucked helium into their mouths to make their voices high pitched? The problem is that helium is a finite resource and, some scientists are worried that if we waste all of our helium on parties, […]

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Sep
21

Why is the Hole In The Ozone Layer Healing?

It’s surprising to learn that it’s only been 30 years since we first became aware of the hole in the ozone layer over the South Pole and Antarctica. The job of the ozone layer is to filter out medium level ultraviolet light from the sun and, without an ozone layer, the fears were that we […]

By Joanna | Environment . Science
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Jul
21

Superpowers – Do They Really Exist?

Throughout history, humans have been obsessed with the idea that some of us have superpowers. Fairy tales and legends are all about witchcraft, people who can fly, see through solid walls or turn into animals. More recently, the cinemas have been full of films featuring Batman, Spiderman or the Avengers, all of which pull in […]

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Jul
11

Formaldehyde as a Carcinogen – How Do We Protect Medical Students?

Formaldehyde has long been used as an effective preservative on cadavers, either by undertakers as part of the embalming process, or by hospitals or universities which need to preserve whole bodies or organs for lengthy periods of time, as the chemicals delay the natural process of decay. As well as being used for preserving organisms, […]

By Joanna | Medical Education . Science
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Jun
14

Ultrasound – Beneath the Surface

What's the Best Way To Train People to Diagnose With Ultrasound? The science of sound – or acoustics to use the proper term – is nothing new. Greek mathematician Pythagoras knew about sound waves 2,500 years ago, and in the 18th century scientists were aware that sound ranged beyond that which was able to be […]

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Mar
01

Sunshine for Sale

Growing Demand for Solar Energy Leads to Possibility of Power Imports The UK government is committed to ambitious renewable energy targets as part of an international agreement to reduce global warming. The current target is for 15% of the UK’s energy should be from renewable sources by 2020. We’ve a long way to go to […]

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Feb
19

What’s NASA Ever Done For Planet Earth?

– Why Looking For Other Planets and Life Forms Benefits Our Planet. Since President Eisenhower founded NASA and began the space race in 1958, fewer than 600 people have travelled into space. This is a tiny proportion of the world’s population, but the scientific advancements required for space flight have crossed over into our everyday […]

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