Category Archives: Science

Physics of ribbon curling unravelled

Scientists have explained precisely how and why a ribbon curls when we run a scissor blade down one side of it. They teased out the effects of the blade’s sharpness, the tension applied to the ribbon and the speed it … Continue reading

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Six science podcasts you need to be listening to right now

So you need your science fix, but written articles just aren’t doing it for you? Or do you have a long drive to work, and can’t stand hearing Biebs on the radio again? Podcasts have experienced a major resurgence in … Continue reading

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DSCOVR satellite sees total eclipse from space.

Thirteen images taken over the duration of the eclipse were assembled to create this animation. The Moon’s shadow is the dark spot that moves from left to right. The eclipse took place over the Pacific, and you can see China, … Continue reading

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What does sound look like?

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Brian Greene answers the toughest science questions

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How Does New Genetic Information Evolve?

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At 440 million years old, this fungus is the earliest land-based life ever found

Researchers in the UK have announced the discovery of a 440-million-year-old fungus fossil that was likely one of the first organisms to ever dwell on land, and might have kick-started the process of rot, which transformed the landscape to support … Continue reading

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Nature’s Toughest Animal

More information about the magnificent Tardigrade here

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Explaining the math behind Leap Days

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Lab-grown sperm makes healthy offspring

Sperm have been made in the laboratory and used to father healthy baby mice in a pioneering move that could lead to infertility treatments. The Chinese research took a stem cell, converted it into primitive sperm and fertilised an egg … Continue reading

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The Aroma of Books

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Tim Peake demonstrates gyro-stabilisation

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Scientists have found a mysterious boiling river straight out of Amazonian legend

For centuries, Peruvian locals have talked about a river in the Amazon that burns so hot it can kill. According to legend, Spanish conquistadors foolishly ventured into the rainforest in search of gold, and the few men that returned told … Continue reading

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How do carbohydrates impact your health?

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A Stunning Scale Model of Our Solar System, Drawn in the Desert

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Gravitational waves from black holes detected

Scientists are claiming a stunning discovery in their quest to fully understand gravity. They have observed the warping of space-time generated by the collision of two black holes more than a billion light-years from Earth. The international team says the … Continue reading

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Scientists have discovered hundreds of nearby galaxies that were hidden by the Milky Way

Astronomers have used radio waves to peer through the galactic mass and stardust of the Milky Way, and in so doing, have discovered hundreds of nearby galaxies previously hidden from view. Some 883 galaxies – a third of which had … Continue reading

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Bacteria ‘see’ like tiny eyeballs

Biologists say they have solved the riddle of how a tiny bacterium senses light and moves towards it: the entire organism acts like an eyeball. In a single-celled pond slime, they observed how incoming rays are bent by the bug’s … Continue reading

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Here’s what happens to your body when you’re dehydrated

Water is essential for human life. It accounts for for 50-70 percent of our body weight and is crucial for most bodily functions. Any deficit in normal body water – through dehydration, sickness, exercise or heat stress – can make us … Continue reading

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The Moon’s phases really do impact rainfall on Earth, study finds

We know that the Moon plays a significant role in our lives on Earth, from lighting up the night sky to setting the times of the ocean’s tides. But a new study suggests that our favourite cratered satellite also influences … Continue reading

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