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Can I run as fast as The Flash?

By Rhys L Griffiths The Flash has been one of DC Comics most popular heroes since his first appearance in the Golden Age Flash Comic #1 in January 1940. Since then he has battled countless villains with his super speedy

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Designing the perfect rollercoaster

By Leanne Gunn Whether you love the feeling of flying through the air on a roller coaster or can’t think of anything worse, the simple fact that rollercoasters have ever been designed and built is a testimony to engineering. Engineering

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What is Lightning?

By Wendy Sadler Fersiwn Cymraeg. Today’s blog is all about why we get lightning and then you can try an activity related to lightning for yourself at home. First of all take your hands and place them together. Now, while

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The science of Sumo wrestling!

Have a look at the sumo wrestling video clip below, what do you see? Hakuho vs Harumafuji Day 15 Sumo Natsu Basho May 2014 from Araibira Sumo Coverage on Vimeo. Two huge guys trying to push each other to the

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Give us a smile! Are you using more or fewer muscles than it takes to frown?

by Zoë Gamble Is it true that you use more muscles to frown than smile? Actually, there isn’t any proof behind this old saying. Scientists have studied the muscles needed for both facial expressions, and to do a small smile generally

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Why are aeroplane windows so tiny?

By Simon Jones Why can’t a plane be more like a bus? Here’s a little public transport riddle for you. Why is it that buses have really big windows, but aeroplanes have tiny windows? That’s what I’m going to explore in

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Can you save a falling object?

by David Price Life in the land of cartoons   If you’ve ever seen a cartoon you’ll know this law of cartoon science: The time required for an object to fall twenty stories is greater than or equal to the

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Engineering World War I: How do tanks drive?

by Simon Jones This year marks the centenary of the beginning of World War I so we’ve decide to look into some of the engineering advances developed during warfare.  We’ll also think about how these advances help us day to

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What is Thunder?

Fersiwn Cymraeg. Thunder is the sound that accompanies lightning during a thunderstorm. Sounds simple enough, but why does lightning even make a sound?   Any sound you hear is made up of vibrations. The vibrations travel as a sound wave

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