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All things space – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 1 February 2019 | 2 comments

Black lightning bolt in purple circle

Written by Elvina Lee As they say in Star Trek, “Space: the final frontier”. How well do you know this big beyond? This week’s quiz will test your familiarity with all things space. If you’re after more fun science for kids, subscribe to Double Helix magazine!  

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Absolute zero is absolutely impossible! News

by David, 31 January 2018 | 0 comments

Photo of a thermemeter in the scortching sun with a reading of above 100 degrees farenheit.

What’s the coldest thing in the universe? You may have heard of absolute zero, the coldest temperature possible. But a clever bit of mathematics has shown it might not be possible after all!

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Kirigami steers solar panels

by David, 15 December 2015 | 1 comments

When you’re installing solar panels, it’s important to point them at the Sun. But the Sun isn’t always in the same place – it moves across the sky over the course of a day. If you can aim the panels towards the Sun as it moves, they can produce up to 40 per cent more power…

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Star power on Earth

by , 8 August 2014 | 1 comments

Can we power our homes with the process that powers stars? Nuclear fusion offers to do just that, and scientists are looking for ways to harness this energy with experiments that run hotter than the Sun. The Sun is heated by fusion – a process where the nuclei of two small atoms, such as hydrogen,…

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Elec-TREE-city News

by Sarah, 21 March 2014 | 0 comments

Pierre Vivant's sculpture, Traffic Light Tree in the Docklands, London

Written by Neha Karl Plants are a gift of nature. They provide food to eat, release oxygen into the air we breathe, and make our world a whole lot greener. And soon, they could be a supercharged source of energy! Just as plants grow and develop, so does technology.

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Powered by the sea News

by Pat, 7 June 2013 | 0 comments

Waves breaking on the shore.

It’s hard not to be impressed by the power of the ocean. The thunderous crash of waves during a storm and more gentle movements of the tides have captured many people’s imaginations. But the power of the ocean is not just poetic – it could literally be used to provide electricity.

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Solar spiral optimises power News

by David, 14 August 2012 | 0 comments

Sunflower

Imagine a flat spiral, similar to a snail’s shell, coming closer and closer to a point. Now imagine more spiral lines, all centred on the same point. This shape looks like the clouds over a cyclone, or a whirling galaxy.

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