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Smartie Detectives

Food colourings are often made of several different chemicals. As the water spreads through the paper the mixture separates and rings of colour are formed. You can try this for yourself using Smarties, like below:   Put the smartie on

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How is squeezed paint like your brain?

Branching patterns are very common in nature because they can reach a large area very efficiently. Examples of branching patterns include tree branches, blood vessels, roots, lightning, river networks and even the connections in your brain. That is what we

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How can you make a raisin dance?

Put some raisins into a glass of lemonade and watch what happens. When lots of bubbles collect in the wrinkles of the raisins they are lifted upwards. At the top the bubbles burst. The raisins then sink back to the

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Think you can lift your leg?

Human beings have a centre of balance around the belly button. You can usually stay balanced as long as the imaginary vertical line down from your belly button falls between the area that you are balancing on – usually your

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Why does orange juice taste odd after toothbrushing?

Have you ever had a glass of orange juice after brushing your teeth? Not very nice, is it? To work out what’s going on we need to know about toothpaste, orange juice and what your taste buds do. Your tongue

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Sci-Fi Sounds

Every year on the 4th of May, cinema and sci-fi fans from across the world gather for Star Wars Day. Did you know there are some cool science experiments you can do to simulate Star Wars sound effects; in particular, there’s

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Are you right or left-eyed?

  We’ve put together a little collage of our science made simple eyes above to make some quite freaky faces. But, have you ever stopped to think why we (and most mammals) have two eyes? In fact, having two of

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Image Burn

Stare at the picture above for a count of ten. Then look at the white area next to it. What do you see? What’s happening? This is called persistence of vision. You detect darkness and brightness using cells called rods

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DIY Rockets

What to do: Take an empty Berocca (or other multi-vitamin)  tube, and fill it about a quarter full with water. If you have one of those ancient devices called a “35mm film camera”, you can use a film canister instead

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Smoke Ring Machine

What to do: Take a tin of tomatoes or beans and eat the contents (or just keep them for later if you aren’t hungry!). Remove the top and bottom of the can completely, so you have an empty metal tube.

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