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Birthday blogging

Apologies in advance for the rather self-indulgent post but…

…Snapshot Science is now a year old!  I am actually rather proud of the fact that I have managed to keep on blogging for a whole year.  Since the birth of Snapshot Science I have posted 78 times and uploaded 41 teaching resources (see the menu at the top of the page to view them). More

World Health Day

The story

Today is World Health Day and the theme this year is antimicrobial resistance.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is introducing a six-point policy package to combat the spread of antimicrobial resistance in order to slow down not only its effect on the health of people today but to safeguard the effectiveness of antibiotics in the future. More

Easter eggs-periments

Image: Joy Stovall @wikipedia commons

Time for another seasonal post.  It’s nearly Easter so you may wish to have a go at some egg-based science experiments this week.

Teaching ideas

For an interesting spin on a lesson on chemical reactions you could try making a ‘naked egg’, that is an egg without its shell. More

Street lights to face cuts to working hours

The story

It seems nothing is safe from the wave of council cutbacks sweeping the nation as Pembrokeshire council has just announced that it is planning to start turning off 14 000 of its street lights in order to save money (and cut down on its carbon footprint). More

Solving the mysteries of the Earth

It was a couple of earth-science stories that caught my attention this week. After the recent earthquakes that shook Japan and New Zealand, predicting where and when the next big seismic event will happen is a holy grail to seismologists. More

Is nuclear power too risky?

The story

Because of the chain of events that have taken place in Japan over the last week, the safety of nuclear power has again come into question.  As well as coping with the aftermath of earthquakes and a tsunami, More

Mending broken hearts

The story

Hope has arrived in the UK – hope that is for the thousands of people who suffer from heart failure.

You may have seen the British Heart Foundation’s new campaign on TV recently

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Happy birthday Darwin!

The story

February 12th is Darwin Day, the day we celebrate Charles Darwin and his great achievement of proposing the theory of natural selection by evolution.  More

Who’s the Daddy?

The story

It was announced on Tuesday that Boots will be selling home paternity testing kits in all of its stores.  These kits have been available over the counter at a few other chemists and online but this is the first time that they have been exposed to potentially millions of people.

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Xin Nian Kuai Le!

Image: Takeaway (wikipedia commons)

(or Happy New Year!)

The story

Thursday (3rd February) will be the start of the Chinese New Year.

On this night will be a full moon (good night for moon-watching) and the celebrations will end 15 days later when the lunar cycle is halfway through and there will be a new moon (not such a good night for moon-watching). More

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