I’m always on the lookout for new toys and gadgets that can demonstrate science in a fun way. The latest one to catch my eye is the Firewinder. The helical structure catches the wind, and the turning affect creates electricity which is used to light the LED bulbs embedded in its surface. It’s a bit […]
My two Mums
Researchers at Newcastle University have successfully created embryos that contain the DNA of three people. It is hoped that within the next three years, this technique will be used to help women who have mutations in the DNA in the mitochondria,
Dance the Dodo!
My award for best new TV advert has to go to the dancing Five Alive dodo. As soon as I saw it, my brain started whirring as I tried to think of some way of using it in a science lesson (this kind of thing happens to me a lot).
Volcanic eruption causes chaos
Many of Europe’s travellers got very angry yesterday (and it looks like are going to be for a while yet) as their flights were grounded due to the enormous ash cloud caused by the eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajoekull (extra marks shall be awarded for correct pronunciation).
Shrouded in mystery
There are some mysteries that it seems science will never solve. One that has been in the news again recently is the authenticity of the Turin Shroud, which is currently on display and is expected to attract millions of visitors once more. This linen shroud is believed by many Christians to be the cloth that […]
Super speedy car
Last weekend I visited The Gadget Show Live at the NEC in Birmingham in the hope to see some applications of science in the future tech on show there. One thing that caught my eye was the Bloodhound SSC. This car is Britain’s latest attempt on the World Land Speed Record and it hopes to […]
Monitoring the melting ice
Climate change has been a hot (pun unintended) topic in the news recently. The latest UN climate talk opened on Friday, with the hope of reaching the global treaty that the Copenhagen talks in December failed to produce.
Multi-functional albino alligator
Meet Alistair the albino alligator (he hasn’t actually got a name but I feel the need to give him one). He is the latest animal to be homed at the South Carolina Aquarium in the USA. As well as being a fascinating creature to observe, Alistair is living in an aquarium because of his poor […]
I must admit, when I picked up a magazine the other day to discover that there was a jetpack for sale, I thought it was a late April Fool’s joke, but apparently not. As advertised on their website, the Martin Jetpack costs an eye-watering US $86,000 but the uplift from the two-litre 200hp engine can […]
New species of giant lizard discovered
I am always amazed at the biodiversity of life on Earth. Just when you think we have discovered all there is, a news story like this comes along. It is rare to find a new species of animal, especially one as large as this 2m long monitor lizard that has just been discovered in the […]