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Mix it up! The chemistry of mixtures and separating

by Rosie Coates Mixtures are all around us, from a glass of milk, to the ink in a pen, to a bucket of sandy water at the beach. Often we’re happy for them to stay that way, but sometimes we

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Glovaphone! Amazing Sound Science!

A musical (?!) instrument from just a straw, rubber glove, loo roll and some sticky tape? Oh yes, let me introduce you to the glovaphone!  To make music we’re going to need a sound wave and to get a sound

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What is DNA?

by Zoë Gamble DNA stands for deoxyribonucleic acid. It’s the genetic code that determines all the characteristics of a living thing.  Basically, your DNA is what makes you, you! You got your DNA from your parents, we call it ‘hereditary material’

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How can you throw flames?

By Simon Jones Flame-throwers are fascinating devices, which I’m exploring in this week’s engineering blog. From large scale weapons in the First World War to small scale accomplishments in civil engineering, we can use flame-throwers to make heat and transfer

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Cool chemistry or Hot stuff?

By Rosie Coates We often think of chemistry as being full of explosions but some very useful chemistry happens when reactions get cool. In this post we share a classic endothermic reaction, then show how you can take it one

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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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What is money made of? Chemistry!

by Rosie Coates What is in your wallet?  Some coins perhaps and maybe some paper money if you’re lucky! You also have a whole load of chemistry. Your ‘coppers’ aren’t copper, nor is your ‘silver’ money silver. 1p and 2p pieces

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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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Winter Olympics: Get some energy!

By Zoë Gamble The Winter Olympics have now drawn to a close and we look forward to the Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia. Athletes from around the world have be competing in events such as speed skating, ice hockey, curling

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