SCIENCE EXPERIMENT: Making plasma in the microwave

https://twitter.com/Learn_Things/status/908724121860808709   A cool science experiment you can carry out at home in your kitchen for next to nothing in cost, and a chance to see plasma in action. Plasma is a state of material that is rarely encountered naturally on Earth but is a core component of stars. The plasma is generated by a combination of combustion and the microwave’s electric fields. Electrons are pushed back and forth, colliding with air molecules. It is these collisions that science says causes the formation of a ‘plasmoid’ which being hotter that the surrounding air, causes it to rise up to the … Continue reading SCIENCE EXPERIMENT: Making plasma in the microwave

A MEAL FOR EIGHT (LEGS): How spiders catch their food

Our planet is home to around 35,000-50,000 species of spider (the estimates vary), the vast majority of which spin webs made out of silk generated inside the spider’s body. As any arachnid expert will tell you, spiders weave their silky masterpieces primarily as a means of obtaining food. With strands stronger than the equivalent thickness of steel, spider webs are covered with sticky substances that ensnare their prey, trapping flies and even birds and snakes, ready for the web’s resident to deliver its venomous coup de grâce. When an insect flying about and minding its own business collides with a … Continue reading A MEAL FOR EIGHT (LEGS): How spiders catch their food

LIAM GIBBONS: The funky light show experiment

Experimenting with a funky light show which responds to mouse clicks and itself. #screenshotsaturday #gamedev pic.twitter.com/V72GnbCPfZ — Liam Gibbons (@Liam__Gibbons) February 28, 2016   The above video is of a GIF posted on Twitter by Liam Gibbons, a game maker and writer currently living in Melbourne, Australia. This special ‘funky light show’ as he calls it, features an assortment of differently-sized cubes and cuboids, five of which give off coloured light in a strictly defined pattern. The show responds to both mouse clicks and its own internal environment. Gibbons shared this as part of Twitter’s ‘Screenshot Saturday’ event, where game … Continue reading LIAM GIBBONS: The funky light show experiment

VEDIC ASTROLOGY: My Kundali shocked me!!

Astrology is rather like Marmite. You either believe in it fervently, enunciating the characteristics of every star sign from Aquarius to Virgo, or you consider it a load of fairy dust splattered wish-wash that you wouldn’t touch with a barge pole. As a student of the media and an avid reader of the printed variety especially, it is a well-known fact that I can assure you of, that newspapers and magazines love publishing horoscopes, at least from my experience in the United Kingdom. Astrologers such as Mystic Meg and Russell Grant have been shown on UK television for years as household names, and funfairs here seem incomplete without fortune tellers (inevitably Romany or … Continue reading VEDIC ASTROLOGY: My Kundali shocked me!!