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Skincare Science and Micellar Water

By Wendy Sadler Surfactants and Skin: The secrets of Micellar water I’ve always reckoned that no matter what you think of science, understanding just enough can make you a more savvy consumer. Having said that, I am quite known for

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‘I’m not a Scientist..!’ – Crystals Activity 3: Crystal Sticks

By Farhin Begum Hello my fellow non-scientists (and scientists of course)! I really hope you all are enjoying my crystals activities so far! Unfortunately, this will be the last crystals activity, as there are lots of other exciting and creative things

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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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Why is a chilli hot and other chilli facts

By Dan Reed, science made simple’s chili expert, or “Chilliologist”.  How hot is hot? What makes a chilli hot? What’s the hottest chilli you can get? On the 25th November 2014, Matt Simpson, of Simpsons Seeds and plants, based in Wiltshire,

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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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Science: Past, Present and Future

by Leanne Gunn Let’s take a look back over some of the scientific breakthroughs of 2014 and consider what discoveries and inventions we’ll see over the next 12 months. 2014: An exciting year for science 2014 felt like the year that

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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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Hooray for Mole Day!

  Chemistry enthusiasts all over the world will be celebrating Mole Day between 6:02 am and 6:03 pm today!  But they aren’t commemorating the creature or undercover spies, benign tumours or even tasty sauces used in Mexican cuisine… It’s Avogadro’s constant of course!

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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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