Space is one of the public’s favourite ‘sciencey’ things. It is beautiful, mysterious, and so preposterously large that it’s a struggle to get enough information to study. Space is actually a lot of boring empty vacuum and dark matter that is currently pretty much impossible to study or even to confirm as real. That’s why… Continue reading WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT SPACE
Recently, I attended a lecture about human anatomy run by the medical school at my university. It was fascinating! During the lecture we saw volunteers undergo several ultrasound scans, to show real-time digestion, blood pumping through the heart, and the intricate tendons and veins that are tightly packed into the wrist. It got me thinking… Continue reading Turning up the volume on ultrasound
Science news alert! Let’s give some attention to slugs, which at the moment are somehow less depressing than the normal news. The only attention I have given to slugs in recent years is trying to prevent them from getting into the kitchen in our student house. We failed in our prevention techniques, and yes I… Continue reading Glue – A sticky subject
As anyone who has ever been to an underwhelming club night will know, glow sticks can sometimes be the most exciting thing in a room. I’m writing this post so that you can then make everybody leave that room when you start telling them fun chemistry facts about how glow sticks work. Having never really… Continue reading Incessant fluorescence – how do glow sticks work?
At work last week, my colleague came to the bar and said ‘I have a science question I’ve been saving for you,’ which immediately made me feel very smug and smart (and slightly worried that I wouldn’t be able to answer it). She asked me why her glass of water was able to rise over… Continue reading Surface tension – just relax
As I’m sure you will have noticed, everyday phenomena is all around. There are always exceptions to every rule, and always something that science has yet to explain (looking at you, magnets). One of my absolute favourites is the Brazil Nut Effect – simply put, why do the largest nuts in a mixture always rise… Continue reading Granular Separation: The Brazil Nut Effect
February 11th was the second ever International Day of Women and Girls in Science – launched in 2016 by the UN to publicise the growing global movement to combat gender inequality in the scientific community and educational opportunities. Gender inequalities exist in all industries and at all levels: they become more prominent as the level… Continue reading International Day of Women and Girls in Science