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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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Microscope: Rainbow weight News

by Mike, 5 September 2013 | 0 comments

Stylised picture of a rainbow on a set of scales

Welcome to Double Helix magazine’s Q&A section – Microscope. We take a close look at small questions full of big ideas. Q: What is the weight of a rainbow?

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Hot hot heat Activity

by Jasmine, 19 December 2012 | 0 comments

A cardboard box obscured by a pot plant.

Phew! The Sun can feel pretty hot, even though we’re millions of kilometres away on Earth. Find out more about how plants can keep buildings cool in this activity.

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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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