How to Make Glowing Jelly

Here’s a really simple and fun experiment to do at home: make glowing jelly (or jello, American friends)! The method is really easy – you’re just making jelly – but you do need some kind of UV light source to see the effects[1]. It’s a very simple idea: you make jelly but use a 1:1 mixture […]

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Summer Sights

Once you have a Meade ETX-90 Telescope aligned and ready to go (no small feat, at times) you can see some pretty cool objects in the Summer sky. Saturn is currently riding high, and the rings are at a lovely angle – but that’s about it for the Solar System as I’m not willing to […]

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Ig Nobel Awards 2012

Highlights from this years’ Ig Nobel Awards for achievements that first make people laugh and then make them think: MEDICINE PRIZE: Emmanuel Ben-Soussan and Michel Antonietti for advising doctors who perform colonoscopies how to minimize the chance that their patients will explode. LITERATURE PRIZE: The US Government General Accountability Office, for issuing a report about […]

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Different Rainbows

Walking trough the park today we were caught by a heavy rain shower that literally came out of the clear blue sky. Whilst dashing through town to our car we spotted a spectacular rainbow. In fact it was a double rainbow, which many people will be familiar with. The lower (primary) bow was interesting though, […]

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Norway and the Aurora

I returned last night from a trip to Norway to see the aurora. I posted previously about my stint as a Trip Scholar for the excursion on a Hurtigruten vessel, organised by the Oxford Alumni Office. It was a fantastic trip. As well as the Northern Lights we got to see some incredibly beautiful parts […]

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