Author: Ailsa Harvey

Bradford Parkinson: The father of GPS

Meet the engineer behind the navigation system that we rely on daily Image credit: Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (left) and USAF (right) Air Force Colonel Bradford Parkinson was lead architect for the Global Positioning System...

Inside a coronavirus test lab

Meet two scientists from the UK’s Covid-19 megalab, working around the clock to test the public Images: Beth Cole(left) and Ben Galley (right) At the beginning of lockdown, virologist Ben Galley and neuroscientist Beth...

What are the E numbers in our food?

How to decode the additives in your food (Image credit: Frank Chamaki) How are you supposed to differentiate between the additives in your food and drink? Chemicals can have such complex names that you can read the back...

Charles Darwin and the Beagle voyage

How the father of evolution’s five-year trip changed the way we think about life on Earth (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) How do you even begin to predict how life on Earth first emerged? As just...

The animals of the Himalayas

Meet the creatures accustomed to life in these mountains (Image credit: Glorious Himalaya Trekking Pvt Ltd/ Pixabay) Red panda The distinctive red panda is most common in the eastern areas of the Himalayas, such as...

How do padlocks work?

What’s inside these mechanical devices that give you peace of mind? (Image credit: MasterTux/Pixabay) Most of us leave the doors to our houses locked, feeling a sense of assurance that our cherished items are protected. But what...

Love and the brain

“Love is more than lust or procreation. It’s also about stable bonding and enduring attachments” As a pioneering neuroscientist, Dr Michael Merzenich has been granted close to 100 patents. Using five decades of research into...

5 facts about electric aeroplanes

(Image credit: Alec Wilson/ Wikimedia Commons) 1. Flying locally There is a big demand for small electric planes: 2 billion tickets are sold each year for flights shorter than 800 kilometres. 2. Centuries of progress Although the...

Admiral Byrd’s Antarctic Explorer

How did the much-anticipated 20th century snow cruiser fare in this challenging continent? (Image credit: United States Antarctic Service/ Wikimedia Commons) Antarctica has been a key scientific research site for centuries. With its vast uninhabited frozen...

What is the wind chill factor?

Discover why it feels so much colder on windy days, even if the air temperature hasn’t actually decreased (Image source: Pixabay/Free-photo) The wind chill factor is the temperature that a person feels due to...