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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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Posted in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Technology

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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The most impressive feats of engineering. . . . . . using Lego.

By Rhys L Griffiths Lego started out as the brainchild of Ole Kirk Christiansen, a carpenter from Denmark, who started out making wooden toys in 1932. He decided to name his company “Lego” which is derived from the Danish phrase

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The Science of Ultrasound in Pregnancy

Seeing a positive result on a pregnancy test for the first time was a moment I’ll always remember. Like other mums-to-be I’m sure, I began wondering whether my baby was healthy, and started looking forward to having a scan so

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What does silence sound like?

By Rhys L Griffiths Simon and Garfunkel famously sang about the sound of silence, but what does silence sound like? Close your eyes and really listen to the sounds around you.  A lot of the time we can think that

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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

Get creative with coding

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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Posted in Activity, Curriculum, Engineering, Exploring Science, Primary, Technology

Engineers, we need you!

The science made simple team are on the lookout for engineers who are willing to be role models for children aged 7-11. Our ‘Who Wants to be a Superhero?’ show features short clips of engineers and scientists who are working on something

Posted in Engineering, News

A Canadian in Cardiff

By Parker McLean All About Parker! Over the Past month and a half, I have been lucky to be an intern at science made simple right here in Cardiff. Back in Canada, I spend my days studying in the Science

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Posted in Engineering, Primary, Science Communication, Space

Can science make a Spider-man?

By Rhys L Griffiths 2016 seems to be the year where Superheroes fight. First we had Batman Vs Superman where the winner was the studio who raked in the millions of dollars it made, and the losers were the audience

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Posted in Biology, Engineering, News, Technology