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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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5 Million Steps Challenge for The Flying Seagull Project

Staff from science made simple, The Institute of Physics Wales, and Las Cumbres Observatory are teaming up to walk 5 million steps between Friday 15th September and Saturday 14th October. This challenge will raise money for The Flying Seagull Project. If

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The Great American Solar Eclipse

By Peri Jones On the 21st August 2017, the Moon covered the Sun in the sky across America for the first time in 26 years. For the past few years, ‘America 2017’ had been a common topic in the Jones

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Poppy presents…15th Birthday Celebrations!

Here at science made simple, we love sharing our passion for science, and helping others who wish to do the same! This blog post is written by the recent winner of out secondary category video competition, Poppy Oxberry. science made simple

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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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5 things you probably didn’t know about Donkeys.

By Rhys L Griffiths A few weeks ago, we at science made simple decided to celebrate Donkey Fact Friday. We posted donkey facts on our Facebook page throughout the day so people could learn what wonderful and fascinating creatures donkeys

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Posted in Biology

Rømer’s speed of light

By Matthew Allen What’s the fastest thing you can think of? A Cheetah? A Formula 1 car? A space rocket? Well, there’s one thing which is faster than all of these and is in fact the fastest thing in the Universe:

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When Emma met Tim Peake

By Emma Wride On Thursday 13th October, Tim Peake flew from Houston to Cardiff to start his 10 day UK post-flight tour. Techniquest were delighted to be the first stop on his tour, inviting members of science centres, universities and even some

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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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Posted in Engineering, Exploring Science, Geology, News, Physics, Space

World Ballet Day – The science of ballet

By Zoë Gamble Ballet and science – my two favourite things! As well as being a full-time presenter for science made simple, I also teach ballet.  In honour of World Ballet Day, I decided to merge my favourite things, and

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