Posts Tagged ‘science’

Brains: The Mind as Matter

April 17, 2012

The University of Portsmouth is involved in this exhibition at the Wellcome Trust about the human brain:


Bloodhound Supersonic Car

July 6, 2011

This week, the man behind the car that broke the sound barrier will be delivering a talk at the University. Here’s a video of the Bloodhound Car in action:

It’ll be interesting to see if this appears on a Formula 1 grid anytime soon…

Chimpanzee Hand Gestures

May 9, 2011

Researchers at the University of St Andrews in Scotland have found that chimpanzees communicate using a series of hand gestures. Here is a report from the BBC with a video clip showing a few of them:

Yuri Gagarin

April 12, 2011

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s journey into space. For 108 minutes, Gagarin was the first human to complete an orbit of the Earth and return. Here’s something from the BBC with links and clips:

Red Nose Day

March 18, 2011

Today is Red Nose Day. Here’s the BBC Website with details on what’s on tonight and, of course, how to donate:

Also, this week is National Science and Engineering Week. Here’s what the University’s been doing for it:,127475,en.html

A New Kind of History Book

January 18, 2011

It’s widely known that books are usually made from trees (except for electronic ones, of course). However, it now seems that books actually can be trees. Researchers for the Internet Journal Science have found a very interesting way to trace the rise and fall of civilisations and sudden changes in climate simply by looking at tree rings:

Old Weather

November 12, 2010

TOTD has covered Galaxy Zoo before. Here’s another site that allows you to contribute to science by choosing from a list of old Roayl Navy vessels and digitizing their weather observation logs.

Whipple Museum of the History of Science

September 15, 2010

TOTD was at a conference in Cambridge last week and visited the amazing Whipple Museum of the History of Science. The collection contains examples of scientific instruments relating to astronomy, navigation, surveying, drawing and calculating, including some magnificent globes and sundials. There were drawers full of pocket calculators and it was entertaining for everyone to spot their first calculator. This site is an excellent introduction to the collection and also contains a number of amusements, including a human body jigsaw and a simulation of early and modern microscopes.

Popular Science Archive

March 15, 2010

Popular Science magazine has teamed up with Google to provide a full text searchable archive which covers it’s whole 137 year history. The articles appear exactly as they did when they where published even down to the period advertisements.

The Photographic Periodic Table

November 3, 2009

This is much more exciting than the dull poster that TOTD used to stare at during double chemistry each Saturday morning. The site is richly illustrated and the facts accompanying each element are facinating. Did you know that liquid oxgen at -183 degree C is a beautiful pale blue? Many elements are difficult, or impossible, to display. Just read what it takes to make a transparent container to display highly reactive fluorine.