Archive for the ‘Fun stuff’ Category

Wednesday – 2 posts. One amazing. One revision

May 8, 2013

IBM have made the World’s Smallest Movie  by pushing carbon atoms around with a scanning tunnelling microscope. It’s called ‘A boy and his atom’ and here it is:


Tuesday – All’s well so far…

March 12, 2013

The events with Felicity last week were a fantastic success! Lots of inspirational thoughts and ideas…

There’s lots more going on this week, including a debate on wind power and a Primary school Science Challenge. All kindly supported by EDF and London Array.

And topically, London Array have now officially become the world’s largest offshore wind farm. Massive congratulations to them!

Tuesday – I’ve been a bit busy…

February 5, 2013

Very sorry, as usual, for not posting too frequently. Lots going on and v little time to blog so to speak…

We went to London and saw this man:

Professor Lord Robert Winston

And we also went to the University of Greenwich to use their extremely expensive chemistry equipment – massive thanks to them!

A really amazing campus, great people and impressive labs

Friday – The best thing I’ve seen in ages!!

December 14, 2012

Another good website for you and this one’s awesome!


…is a site where users can log on and help researchers identify animals caught on camera traps over a massive area in Tanzania. You’ll be looking at pictures like this:

Or maybe this:

And telling the researchers what animals you think you’ve seen. It’s a bit like being on safari from the comfort of your sofa. I’ve spent a few hours already but I’m not too worried seeing as I know it’s productive! Get involved!

Friday – Global James Bond Day!!

October 5, 2012
Timothy Dalton as James Bond

“The name’s Bond, Ionic Bond – Taken not shared!”

Monday – A Summer Challenge

July 2, 2012

Fancy winning yourself £1000 over the summer holidays? You could do just that in this ice cool challenge from the Royal Society of Chemistry:

Ice to see you!

You only have to solve a puzzle that’s been bothering some brilliant scientists for thousands of years – Why does hot water freeze faster than cold water? A problem known as the Mpemba effect.

Tuesday – Name a Species!

June 19, 2012

Here’s and amazing opportunity to make ecological history: Your chance to name a species…

Hoverfly in disguise

Pocota personata. Photograph: Steve Falk

Just click on the link or the picture above to have a go at naming one of 10 newly discovered British species. Be sure to read the tips for naming and go for it! Just imagine having a whole species out there named by you!

Tuesday – Back to normality(ish)

March 20, 2012

After the brilliant week that was Science and Engineering Week, we’re now back to normal(ish) and I’m missing all the action and excitement already. Just to satisfy my sense of adventure though…

James Cameron's sub that he's descending the Mariana Trench in

Film director James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic, etc) has taken on a rather different challenge: He’s racing a bunch of other brave souls (including Sir Richard Branson) to the very bottom of the oceans – The 7 mile deep Mariana Trench. Click on the image to find out about his mission from Nature and click here to find out more about the Deepsea Challenge itself.

Wednesday – Halfway and a great week so far!

March 14, 2012

We’ve had some great events already as part of National Science and Engineering week: Monday’s link-up didn’t go quite to plan but there was real enthusiasm, the debate on GMO was superb with some outstanding speakers and Cool Physics was, as always, a really fantastic show!

Many thanks to the Cool Physicists from UKC

Also – BBC’s Bang Goes the Theory on Monday showed a very interesting show that was filmed in Broadstairs a while ago and, if you look really carefully, you might see some recognisable faces!

Bang in Broadstairs on iPlayer

Thursday – Nearly Science and Engineering Week!

March 8, 2012