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.
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 […]
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 […]
“Hello darkness, my old friend, I've come to talk with you again….And the vision that was planted in my brainStill remainsWithin the sound of silence.” These Simon and Garfunkle lyrics seem rather prescient in the context of current interest in sounds “generated” by cosmic phenomena. Of course, it’s true that without an atmosphere to transmit sound […]
What could be a more everyday scientific instrument than a thermometer? But let’s not forget that hundreds of years ago, a thermometer – a device that can measure temperature – was a cutting-edge piece of technology. Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, who was born in May 1686, was the Dutch-German physicist who invented the mercury thermometer 300 […]
If there’s one invention that has transformed the lives of almost everyone, it’s the telephone: first of all by bringing relatively cheap, instantaneous communications to millions around the world and subsequently by serving as the launchpad for much of today’s medium of choice – the Internet. For this, we have to thank one man in […]