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 […]
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. […]
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?
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 […]
“In science there is only physics – the rest is just stamp collecting” Lord Kelvin It is an interesting concept, “fun physics”. After all, physics has a reputation for hard math, a complexity of equations, extensive analysis of a hypothesis and typically a crazy haired teacher scribbling on a blackboard! Despite teacher’s efforts to shake […]
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 […]