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Four fantastic facts about Stephen Hawking News

by David, 29 March 2018 | 6 comments

Stephen Hawking was widely regarded as one of the best physicists of our age, so it was a huge loss when he died on 14 March this year. Here are a few things you might not know about one of history’s most celebrated scientists.

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A hole in the heart of Egypt’s greatest pyramid News

by David, 12 January 2018 | 0 comments

Image of a pyramid with tiny people in the foreground.

Built more than 4500 years ago, you’d think there was nothing left to discover inside Cairo’s Great Pyramid of Giza. Think again. Scientists have recently discovered a new chamber deep in the heart of the tomb, all with the help of starlight.

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Green eggs Activity

by David, 13 April 2017 | 0 comments

An egg with a green yolk in a bowl

Time for an Easter trick! There are lots of eggs around at this time of year, but this one is sure to raise some eyebrows. And when you’re finished, you can get your parents to help you cook your green egg, so you can gross out your entire family!

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Friction frog Activity

by Jasmine, 6 July 2015 | 0 comments

A paper frog attached to two strings in a tree.

Written by Beth Askham Make your own climbing frog, using the power of friction.

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Rolling race Activity

by David, 7 April 2015 | 0 comments

Someone is holding two plasticine filled tubes at the top of a slanty sheet of cardboard.

Two tubes, both the same weight and the same size, and yet slightly different. Can you guess which one will win the rolling race?

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Robots explore underwater volcano News

by David, 20 March 2015 | 0 comments

A piece of pumice covered in spnges and molluscs.

Written by Beth Askham When mysterious lumps of pumice stone washed up on beaches in Tasmania, Australia, Rebecca Carey knew that they must be coming from an underwater volcano. Rebecca is a Tasmanian volcanologist (someone who studies volcanos), and she had been tracking the travelling pumice for more than a year.

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The Year of Light News

by David, 2 March 2015 | 0 comments

Scientist operating green lasers

2015 is the The International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. To celebrate, we’re sharing some light-based articles and activities:

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Southern Cross clock Activity

by David, 27 January 2015 | 0 comments

A drawing of a driveway and the Southern Cross.

As the Southern Cross moves across the night sky, learn how to use it as a clock. Safety: This activity asks you to head outdoors at night. Ask an adult for permission, and make sure they know where you are. Check the weather forecast and dress for the conditions.

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Blue is a Nobel colour News

by Andrew Wright, 17 October 2014 | 0 comments

Blue LEDs shine light onto a wall

What will make our future brighter? For thousands of years our lives have been lit by the Sun, by stars, by fire. Electricity brought new types of lights, ones we can summon at the flick of a switch.

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Crystal clocks and atomic ticks News

by Andrew Wright, 29 August 2014 | 0 comments

Strontium atomic clock

One of our readers requested an article about time keeping devices, and it’s a great time for the topic. Scientists set a new record in clock precision early this year with an atomic clock that ‘ticks’ 430 trillion times in a single second. Vibrations on your wrist Most wristwatches and wall clocks today use a…

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