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Soil: our lives depend on it!

By Becca Smithers Soil is underrated. It may look like dirty stuff that just holds plants in the ground, but it’s so much more! Soil is a multi-layered, complex system holding nutrients for plants, providing a home for invertebrates and

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Science “tricks”!

Looking for ideas for challenges or new party piece to show unsuspecting friends? Here are some cool science tricks that you can wow your friends with at home. Remove a penny from under a match without touching it – or even from a

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A total eclipse of the sun! Well…almost!

  By Becca Smithers Here in the UK on 20th March between 8:35 am and 10:41 am there will be a massive partial eclipse of the sun. The further north you go, the moon will obscure more and more of the

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Blood – Everything you ever wanted to know about the red stuff

By Zoë Gamble Blood – we’ve all got it. Have you ever wondered why this red liquid is constantly being pumped around our bodies? What does it mean to have a certain blood ‘type’? Why can you donate blood to some

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Bubble in a CD and the Magnus effect – Valentine Science!

Happy Valentines day! This year we have an anti-valentines video and a pro-valentines video. How ever the mood takes you, there is some science below for you. Watch Becky blow bubbles with a DVD and David’s adorable love poem, harnessing

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Geology Rocks – The “Choc” Cycle

By Leanne Gunn   To most people a rock is just a rock, nothing noteworthy or special, but to a geologist rocks are puzzle pieces full of evidence about the history of our planet.  This blog post explains the rock cycle and contains a simple activity

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‘I’m not a Scientist..!’ – Crystals Activity 2: Chocolate Crystal Geode

By Farhin Begum Hello to all you scientists and non scientists! I am so glad you came back for some more crystal action! The last activity I did was an exciting experiment on growing your own Egg Geodes, which sadly

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‘I’m not a Scientist..!’ – Crystals Activity 1: Egg Geode

By Farhin Begum Hello to all you scientists and non scientists! You’re probably wondering why this is entitled ‘I’m not a scientist’  …working in a science environment, as science made simple’s trusty receptionist with no science background has got me

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Why do leaves change colour in autumn?

By Becca Smithers It is officially autumn! What a beautiful time of year! All around us leaves gradually change from green to orange, brown and red. In this blog post we look at the science behind the falling leaves, do

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The science behind the EXTREME ice bucket challenge!

By Wendy Sadler Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks, it can’t escape your notice that a lot of people have been pouring icy water over themselves in the name of charity. We had a

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