Category: Science

How does citizen science work?

Discover how you could contribute to research and discoveries this British Science Week (Image source: Pixabay) Innovation and research have relied on public participation in science for centuries. It was a musician who discovered...

Top 10 British scientists throughout history

For British Science Week 2020, discover some of the most influential scientist throughout British history  Ada Lovelace A talented mathematician and a pioneering computer engineer  [Read more] Rosalind Franklin How the work of the...

How to make your own stethoscope

Hear anyone’s heartbeat with this DIY stethoscope that uses tubing and funnels during British Science Week 2020 1. Stretch a balloon First, cut off around one-third of a balloon from the open end, and...

How to make your own hand sanitiser

Keeping your hands clean is the first line of defense against diseases such as the Coronavirus (Image credit: Unsplash –  Anna Earl) Hand-washing is the best way to keep your hands clean, but on...

How to perform CPR

The real thing isn’t exactly the Hollywood version, but it’s no less dramatic On television, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is like the Fonz hitting the jukebox on Happy Days: whack a dying person in the...

How do humans speak?

The vocal cords and larynx in particular have evolved over time to enable humans to produce a dramatic range of sounds in order to communicate – but how do they work? Vocal cords, also...

Body Bugs: Why we can’t live without them

Your body contains some of the most complicated ecosystems on Earth that affect everything from digestion to your emotions Your body is teeming with life. In every nook and cranny, there are miniature ecosystems...

Getting to Grips with Geiger Counters

First developed at the turn of the 20th Century, Geiger Counters still work in much the same way. The Geiger Counter was invented by Hans Geiger and Ernest Rutherford in 1908 to detect alpha...

Quiz: How well do you know your memory?

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The science of tea

Five essential steps to creating the perfect cuppa – explained by science   1. Tea bag or loose-leaf? Loose-leaf tea is best, as the leaves can swirl around more and infuse. However, if you...