The Physics of Guinness

Today is St Patrick’s Day. To any person with close relatives that are Irish, you probably know of this as a semi-religious holiday. To any of the rest of you, it is probably associated with the Cheltenham festival, various exaggerated Irish stereotypes, wearing green, and drinking green cocktails and Guinness. When you inevitably partake in…

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The Science of Music

Every year towards the end of July, Sheffield hosts the music festival Tramlines. As the line goes in one of Madonna’s song Music “music makes the people come together”, and they certainly do when Tramlines hits! Everybody is out. Whether it is out at a gig or a club or your own home, music worldwide…

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Science on the Origin of Life

Since the dawn of civilisation and the dreaming up of our early creation myths, the philosophical and scientific debate of the origin of life has enchanted people worldwide. Since the thousands of years when early man prayed to sky gods have we got any closer from determining how life originated on earth? And can we…

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Why are we ‘Looking for Aliens’?

The idea that there might be alien life elsewhere in the universe has captured the imaginations of generations of scientists, writers, artists and….well pretty much everyone! Science Brainwaves has a fantastic *free* lecture coming up on Friday 8th November, where Dr Simon Goodwin will describe how astronomers are looking for life on other planets, and…

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B is for……

Beta radiation   Beta radiation is on of the 3 types of radiactive decay that occur in nature, the others being alpha decay and gamma radiation. Henri Becquerel was awarded the 1906 nobel prize in physics with the Curies for his contribution to the discovery of radioactivity, Becquerel’s discovery being that of beta radiation. This…

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