The phrases "what is that in old money?" or "what's that in mph?" can often be heard up and down the country but to be honest mostly in retirement homes nowadays. It is true that some of those who grew up using Imperial measurements don't like these newfangled meters and kilograms but the clincher in... Continue Reading →
The Extraordinary Story of Women in Science (part 2)
The top 5 female scientists. The story of these women's achievements is remarkable. We have biologists, chemists and physicists. Some recognised, most not. Can you guess the top 5?
How we know there are HUNDREDS of alien civilisations in our galaxy.
In 1961, the first meeting of SETI was called. If you are unfamiliar with SETI, it stands for the 'Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intellegence' and it does what it is says on the tin really, searches for extraterrestrial intelligence or aliens. Now the problem was where to start, the Universe is huge, the galaxy even is... Continue Reading →
Why Venus is the odd kid on the block.
Our solar system formed from a huge cloud of dust and gas, that was probably a remnant of a huge star that decided to opt for bang rather than whimper in leaving this universe. As this maelstrom a star guts began to collapse in on itself under the relentless pull of gravity it started to... Continue Reading →
Easy ways to create artificial gravity on a spaceship
I use the word easy based on the fact that if you have successfully built a spaceship the next steps should be a doddle. If you've never even built an IKEA bookcase then you may need another adjective. First out of the blocks we could simply use another force in place of gravity. Electromagnetism is... Continue Reading →
Is the Earth really round…?
Scientists would have us believe that the Earth is round, but is it actually round?
The Speed Limit of the Universe.
671,080,887.616 mph. That is nearly 700 million miles per hour for those of you who are horrified by the number of digits. Nothing in the universe can travel faster than this speed. Don't misunderstand me, this isn't that nothing has travelled faster than this but with improved technology we could go faster, it is impossible... Continue Reading →