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Mobile phones: should we be worried?

A story that has appeared a lot in British press this week is the report on findings of a major study into the link between mobile phone use and brain cancer. More

Mind bending optical illusions

The video above shows the amazing gravity-defying optical illusion that won the 2010 Best Illusion of the Year Contest earlier this week.

Using optical illusions in science lessons never fails to amaze students.  This particular one could be used as an engaging starter to any lesson on forces. More

A shining use of smart materials

image courtesy of David Hilowitz

Smart materials are those that respond to external stimuli such as changes in temperature, pressure and movement.

Getting celebrities involved is sure to give momentum to the use of the technology, and the recent appearance of the singer Katy Perry in a light-up dress at a recent awards ceremony will do wonders for the sale of wearable technology. More

Monitoring the melting ice

arctic ice meltClimate 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. More

Multi-functional albino alligator

albino alligator

courtesy of iamdonte

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 chances of survival in the wild.   The website states that albino alligators only manage a mere 24 hours of life before being eaten by predators. More