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The science of…ghosts?

by Simon Jones G-G-Ghosts? Wait, what, science?! Well, there have been some explanations put forward for why certain places feel haunted, and why people are more likely to witness paranormal sightings in such areas. The underground vaults at Edinburgh Castle

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Why is it so Windy Outside?

By Naomi Dinmore (Intern for SMS) It’s one of those days. Things are flying away, birds are loopier than usual and there’s no point even trying to have a conversation outside (because of the utter howling in your ears). Isn’t that annoying? The

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Why is alcohol fizzy?

By Peri Jones  Beer, cider, sparkling wine…what do these have in common, except for being alcoholic? They also contain bubbles! It causes them to pop when opening a bottle, they have a “fizzy” taste on your tongue, and they might

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Planetary Science: Exploring Other Worlds

By Leanne Gunn Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit another planet? What would it look like? How high are its mountains? Has life ever existed there? Planetary scientists are the explorers of these other worlds.

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Posted in Geology, Physics, Space

Can Physics Repair My Ping Pong Ball?

By Matthew Allen Often when trying to solve a hard scientific problem, I sit down with a hot cup of tea to help me relax and hopefully solve the problem. However, what if the cup of tea itself was the solution!

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The Physics of Thor’s Hammer

By Rhys L Griffiths The Mighty Thor is the Asgardian God of thunder and quite possibly the most powerful of all the Avengers.  He is super strong, can create lightning and he also wields Mjölnir, a large square-headed lump hammer that

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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

3 ways to get your fidget spinner to spin longer

By Wendy Sadler You’d have to be living under a rock to have avoided the craze of the fidget spinner. It’s the craze that has taken playgrounds by storm, and if you haven’t tried one, you’ll find they are surprisingly

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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