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Chicken jigsaw Activity

by Mike, 10 April 2013 | 0 comments

Illustration of the location of bones on a chicken.

Going by their work, paleontologists would need to be pretty good at putting together jigsaw puzzles. Paleontologists have the task of identifying bones based on their shape, then estimating where they belong in the body. Often they only have a couple of bones or teeth to use to identify the fossilised animal.

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Ancient body builders News

by Mike, 19 March 2013 | 0 comments

Marble head with a missing nose

Humans have been modifying their bodies for millennia. The 5000-year-old, freeze-dried remains of a man found in the Ötztal Alps of Europe was tattooed with lines. People from cultures around the world still mark their bodies with scars, stretch their lips and earlobes, or undergo painful ceremonies to adorn their bodies with symbols and markings.

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A hearty activity Activity

by Mike, 14 February 2013 | 0 comments

It’s Valentine’s Day! What better way to celebrate than with a heart dissection?

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Cozy in cotton or warm in wool? Activity

by Mike, 24 January 2013 | 0 comments

2 thermometers, cotton, wool, cardboard, aluminium cans.

Wondering what to wear on a chilly winter morning? Rug up a couple of cans and see whether cotton is cozy, or wool warm!

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Fibonacci fruit Activity

by Mike, 16 January 2013 | 0 comments

Having trouble finding a four-leafed clover? This activity explains why! If you’re getting ready for some gardening, keep this activity in the back of your mind as you marvel at Mother Nature’s mathematics.

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Frankincense gifts not so wise News

by Mike, 11 December 2012 | 0 comments

Man holding bowl of frankincense.

Written by Alice Ryder Actors in Christmas nativity plays take note – the three wise men may come up one present short for baby Jesus this year, because the world’s supply of frankincense is in danger.

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Letters and numbers News

by Mike, 27 November 2012 | 0 comments

Book with letters falling out.

Written by Alice Ryder Being asked to read a few pages for homework may sound like a chore, but imagine reading more than five million books. That’s what Slovenian physicist Matjaz Perc did to investigate how the use of words in the English language has changed over time.

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The big, blind carrot experiment Activity

by Mike, 24 November 2012 | 0 comments

Carrots in a plastic bag in the fridge.

Take part in the big, blind carrot experiment! Please post your results as comments to this post.

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Quantum waving Activity

by Mike, 21 November 2012 | 0 comments

A plastic container between two chairs with a torch shining up beneath the container.

Have you ever wondered what quantum physics was all about? Grab a tray of water and learn a bit about the strangest science of the twentieth century!

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Light stripes Activity

by Mike, 21 November 2012 | 0 comments

Peg holding laser and wire inserted into Blu tac.

Laser light is not the same as other kinds of light. In this activity, discover some of the ways it is special, and make a really cool pattern!

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