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Unexplainable Astronomy? Part 1: The Wow! Signal -   By Sam Jarman Monday was dragging for Jerry R. Ehman, in a way that only a volunteer astronomer at the SETI project could truly understand. The frequency data printed out by the IBM 1130 computer was, as always, infuriatingly...
F is for Flying - By Siobhan Fairgreaves Don’t listen to Jon Snow, summer is coming! Whether you will spend your (hopefully) sunny days looking up at blue skies or jetting off on an adventure, one thing may cross your mind- how do those aeroplanes...
E is for Electricity - By Siobhan Fairgreaves Last time, in D for Detectors, we looked at some of the applications of physics that you might encounter during your day. In this post, we’re going to find out more about something I can guarantee you...
D is for Detectors - By Siobhan Fairgreaves So far in the series, we’ve looked at some big physics concepts, but now, we’re trying something a little different. In this post, we are going to have a look at some of the practical ways we...
Design, Naturally: Wasps take the sting out of brain surgery - By Anwen Bowers “I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent & omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidæ with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of caterpillars …” This statement from Darwin is often quoted...
Design, Naturally: Sharkskin V Superbugs - By Anwen Bowers Antimicrobial resistance is one of the biggest challenges faced by the healthcare industry. The evolution of superbugs such as MRSA is evidence that the arms race between antibiotics and bacteria is not a sustainable strategy for preventing...
K is for Kepler - “Truth is the daughter of time, and I feel no shame in being her midwife.” Johannes Kepler These words, written by Johannes Kepler in 1611, are profound.  At the time, Galileo had just discovered the Galilean moons (including Europa) in Florence but was being...
F is for Faraday - By Jonathan Farrow from The Thoughtful Pharoah The year is 1791.  On a crisp autumn morning in South London, Margaret Hastwell, a blackmith’s apprentice, gives birth to her third son.  With her husband, son, and daughter crowded around, she decides to...
Asimov’s Amazing Assertions - by James Riley “What will the World’s Fair of 2014 be like? I don’t know, but I can guess.” Could you predict the future? In the wake of the 1964 World’s Fair, Isaac Asimov, prolific sci-fi writer, made some startling...