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Why is it so Windy Outside?

By Naomi Dinmore (Intern for SMS) It’s one of those days. Things are flying away, birds are loopier than usual and there’s no point even trying to have a conversation outside (because of the utter howling in your ears). Isn’t that annoying? The

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Can Physics Repair My Ping Pong Ball?

By Matthew Allen Often when trying to solve a hard scientific problem, I sit down with a hot cup of tea to help me relax and hopefully solve the problem. However, what if the cup of tea itself was the solution!

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The Physics of Thor’s Hammer

By Rhys L Griffiths The Mighty Thor is the Asgardian God of thunder and quite possibly the most powerful of all the Avengers.  He is super strong, can create lightning and he also wields Mjölnir, a large square-headed lump hammer that

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Can you use poo to generate power?

By Rhys L Griffiths and Peri Jones Everybody poops. In fact the human race produces over 1,000,000 tonnes of the stuff every day. With fossils fuels running out and concerns growing over the levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, could

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3 ways to get your fidget spinner to spin longer

By Wendy Sadler You’d have to be living under a rock to have avoided the craze of the fidget spinner. It’s the craze that has taken playgrounds by storm, and if you haven’t tried one, you’ll find they are surprisingly

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Why don’t birds on power lines get electrocuted?

By Matthew Allen Have you ever wondered why birds sitting on power lines don’t get electrocuted? We’re always told as children to stay away from electric wires and plug sockets (and rightfully so!), but how are birds able to sit on

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Why do we build medical scanners from sunken battleships?

By Matthew Allen Countless ships were sunk during the first and second World Wars. Many of them remain untouched at the bottom of the ocean; however, some of these ships have since been stripped of their steel, to be used in building

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MURFI Rover Trial: UK scientists prepare to drive rovers on Mars

By Leanne Gunn The popularity of science fiction films and books shows us that there is something very exciting about exploring other worlds and planets. For many people this stops at fiction, however, for planetary scientists, like Dr Matthew Balme and

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The Dangers of Travelling through Time

By Rhys L Griffiths The idea of time travel is awesome! To have the ability to be part of the wild west or witness the pyramids be built, to watch The Beatles perform in concert or to have an extra

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Fussing Over Fusion

At science made simple, we are always eager to have guest bloggers featured on our website. This blog is written by Meirin Evans, who is gaining work experience at Cardiff University’s School of Physics & Astronomy during his summer break

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