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Is a lack of pressure to blame for World Cup exits?

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For those of you who are football fans, many of the results from the group stages of the World Cup such as past winners Italy and France exiting from the competition at this early stage will have come as a surprise.  Other countries (including England) have not lived up to the promise of the qualifying matches.  For those of you who couldn’t care less – maybe you could be persuaded to ponder if the reason is scientific. More

What is the connection between custard and football?

Not the two things with the most obvious of connections I agree, but bear with me.

Spare a thought if you will for all of those body parts that are going to get bashed, smashed and generally knocked around for the next few weeks.  I am of course, referring to the hands, shins and other, more delicate parts of the world’s top footballers as they endure the many matches during the World Cup that starts this Friday. More

A chocolate fountain to teach changes of state

courtesy of mrphancy

Heston Blumenthal’s new series started on Channel 4 last night – and what a great start to what looks like a magical journey into the appliance of science to cooking.

Heston is somewhat of a hero to me as he combines two of my favourite things: food and science.  He makes amazing, fantastical food and the way he does this is to understand and apply scientific concepts. More