The light fantastic

The story

The Nikon Small World competition first began in 1974 and the results from the latest batch of entries were announced this week.  This annual event seeks out the latest and greatest photomicrographs (photographs taken using a light microscope). More

Teaching science using chocolate

Image: André Karwath

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Today is the start of Chocolate week in the UK.  This event celebrates the country’s favourite sweet treat with a host of cocoa-filled happenings around the country.  And what a great excuse opportunity for some science lessons using chocolate. More

Graphene dream

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The Nobel prize for physics was awarded this year to two scientists working in Manchester for their work on developing graphene and creating a method to make it in large quantities.

Graphene is an individual layer in graphite – the material pencil ‘leads’ are made from so the chances are that you have some of this amazing nanomaterial lying around you right now. More

Denim for DNA

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It is Jeans for Genes day this Friday.  This annual fundraising event encourages people to wear their jeans to school or work in order to raise money for the charity of the same name who provide funding and care for children with genetic disorders.  More

Could London Rock?

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I wrote a post about the New Zealand earthquake at the beginning of this month and whilst it was terrifying to those involved at least the people of New Zealand are prepared for earthquakes and realise that they could happen at any time.

Now reflect on Britain.  More

Attack of the killer shrimps

Photo:Heyrocker/Flickr

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It may have been killer piranhas hitting our cinema screens this summer but now something not quite as scary but potentially devastating to British wildlife has hit our water ways.

Dikerogammarus villosus is a tiny shrimp of between 3 and 30mm but has been given the moniker the killer shrimp because of its aggression and nasty habit of killing and maiming other small invertebrates which it often doesn’t eat. More

Hot news for chilli-heads


The story

Britain is home to a new world-record breaker.

The Infinity chilli developed by Fire Foods in Lincolnshire is the world’s hottest chilli More

Kill germs dead to stop the spread

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Now the new school year is in full swing how long will it be before the latest nasty pathogen sweeps through the corridors causing illness in both staff and students? Fingers crossed that the latest antibiotic resistant superbug decides not to further its education and stays out of schools. More

Seismic shocker

Image: Schwede66

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This photo shows some of the devastation caused by the 7.4 magnitude earthquake that hit New Zealand’s South Island on September 4th. More

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