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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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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 I sleep better when camping?

by Wendy Sadler I’m three nights back from a camping trip near the sea. My comfy bed, a warm quilt, no risk of being rained on – you’d think I’d be luxuriating in some good sleep… But no. I have

Posted in Biology, Exploring Science, Physics

What is a Brocken Spectre?

By Becca Smithers One very misty morning I went for a walk with family up Maiden Castle in Dorset. The sun was quite high in the sky, but the mist hung around the bottom of this Iron Age hill fort,

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Simple science to try at home

science made simple‘s Ruth Perkins has teamed up with Education Begins at Home to bring you these quick and easy science demonstrations you can try at home. Ever wanted super powers? Well, now you can!   1. The power of

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Explore the universe in your hand!

By Matthew Allen Can you imagine what it would be like to hold a miniature model of Jupiter in your hand? Well, now you can with our latest free app, Our Universe AR! The idea of being able to hold a model

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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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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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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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