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Who was Erwin Schrödinger?

Introducing the influential physicist whose cat controversy made waves across the science community (Image credit: Nobel Foundation) When you think about Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger, your mind may first turn to his famous thought experiment surrounding a...

Why do glaciers retreat?

Find out how some of Earth’s most impressive frozen features are disappearing (Image credit: ArtTower/Pixabay) Glaciers form in areas of snowfall where conditions are cold enough to allow snow to lie until it has frozen into...

Race to the Poles

How pioneering explorers battled extreme conditions to reach the ends of the Earth Roald Amundsen’s research vessel, Gjøa, became stuck in the Arctic ice for almost two years during his Northwest Passage expedition of...

How does the London Eye work?

Over 20 years since this giant city-centre wheel opened: jump aboard and explore its past (Image source: Pixabay) For 20 years, one large eye has watched over the antics of the UK’s capital city,...

How has TV tech evolved?

From CRT to 4K, OLED to HDR, understand the acronyms that have marked telly’s transformation On 26 January 1926, Scottish inventor John Logie Baird demonstrated a working television at his London lab. However, few of...

Deadly Paradise: Madidi National Park

What makes Madidi National Park one of the most diverse yet dangerous places in the world? Image credit: Getty Images In 1981, young Israeli backpacker Yossi Ghinsberg set off into an uncharted area of...

What causes a nosebleed?

How are the delicate blood vessels in your nose responsible for these unpleasant incidents? Most of us are familiar with the unpleasant sensation of a nosebleed. They are common because there are so many...

How does scaffolding work?

These everyday structures are vital in the field of construction Image source: Pixabay You might notice them being built around an old building on your street almost overnight, but scaffolding can also used to...

How to make the perfect pizza

The physics behind creating this tasty Italian dish (Image source: Pixabay) From its humble beginning, sold only by street vendors in the Italian city of Naples, pizza has become much more than a delicious source of cheap...