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Star power on Earth News

by David, 8 August 2014 | 1 comments

Plama research facility

Written by Sarah Kellett 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.

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Light’s whispers News

by Jasmine, 13 June 2014 | 0 comments

Light thermometer

Written by Sarah Kellett A whispering gallery of light has made the world’s most sensitive thermometer yet.

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Jelly lens for your smartphone Activity

by David, 2 May 2014 | 0 comments

A jelly lens being placed over a camera lens.

Written by Sarah Kellett Have you ever wanted to own a microscope? This jelly lens can turn any phone camera into a magnifying machine!

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Mini microscope News

by David, 2 May 2014 | 0 comments

Light focuses into bright spots through two drops of polymer

Written by Sarah Kellett You can now turn your phone camera into a microscope with a rubbery lens the size of a lentil. Costing only a cent, it could help track skin diseases and farming pests.

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Pool trick shots Activity

by David, 22 April 2014 | 0 comments

Six coloured balls form two v shapes pointing at each other.

It takes years of practice to get really good at pool or snooker. But with a bit of practice and a bit of maths, you should be able to pull off these pool trick shots no problem! Note: If you don’t know how to use a pool cue to hit balls, ask someone to teach…

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Know your temperatures News

by Jasmine, 1 April 2014 | 0 comments

Panda eating ice cream.

Written by Matthew Dunn Illustrated by Alex Hallatt From absolute zero to the surface of the Sun, there’s a whole range of temperatures in our Universe. Let’s learn more!

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Aurora origins News

by Pat, 8 November 2013 | 0 comments

Aurora over a winter landscape.

On a dark night, far from the Equator, you might be lucky enough to spot an aurora: a shimmering, colourful glow in the sky. This natural light show has captivated people for thousands of years. While it is mostly associated with cold, dark nights near the poles, auroras have a much brighter, warmer origin: the…

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Short stroll to 3D maps News

by Pat, 27 September 2013 | 0 comments

Three people looking at a 3D map of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Look around the room you’re in now. Imagine trying to accurately map out the details in the room. Now consider trying to map out the entire building. It sounds time consuming, but Zebedee technology can map whole buildings in minutes.

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Microscope: Higgs boson News

by Mike, 26 September 2013 | 0 comments

A table of the standard model in particle physics.

Welcome to Double Helix magazine’s Q&A section – Microscope. We take a close look at small questions full of big ideas. Q: I would like to know how a Higgs boson gives other particles their mass?

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Golden needles in rocky haystacks News

by Pat, 6 September 2013 | 0 comments

Gold nugget.

Imagine you have a massive pile of rocks. You think there might be gold in the rocks, not much, but enough to make some money. Now it might be easier to find out how much hidden gold there is.

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