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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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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

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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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