Holy S**t

Fact: There is a particle called the “Oh-My-God particle”. You might have thought the God particle (otherwise known as the Higgs Boson) had a pretty cool name, but physicists can be a dramatic bunch sometimes – like when discovering something entirely unexpected. The so-called “Oh-My-God” particle is named after the state of shock scientists found…

It’s in the Blood

Fact: Fuel cells can turn glucose in your blood into electricity. The biggest barrier to portable technology is the need to constantly recharge it. But in the future you might be plugging your phone into a different power supply at night – you. Canadian scientists have created a tiny fuel cell packed with yeast cells….

Freezing Hot // Boiling Cold

Fact: Water can freeze and boil at the same time. Get the temperature and pressure absolutely spot on and you can watch a cup of water boil while ice forms on the top. It might sound like magic but once again it’s due to the power of physics. This precise balance of temperature and pressure…

The Circle of Life

Fact: Elephants never get cancer. The cure for cancer? Look to the natural world for answers, as it seems that elephants have cracked the secret to eternal life. Cancer is simply uncontrolled cell division, which occurs when the DNA of a cell becomes damaged. DNA damage occurs most commonly when cells divide, and if this…

Urine For A Treat

Fact: Porcupines can piss up to 6 feet. You might have the all-time high score on that game in you local pub’s urinal, but nature can always go one better – in this case its the water cannon of the male porcupine. There’s not a lot left to the imagination here so i’ll come right…

Show Me The Monet

Fact: Monet could see ultra-violet light. Sometimes the most talented among us seem like superheroes, but in the case of Claude Monet there was actually a ‘superpower’ at work: he could see what is invisible to the rest of us. In fact, all humans have the capability to see UV light. Cells in our eyes…

Humongous Fungus

Fact: The largest living organism in the world is a mushroom. We all know the blue whale is big, but we’ve been living a lie. At 30m long and weighing in at 200 tonnes, a fully grown whale pales in comparison to the might of natures forgotten beasts – fungi. This record-breaking fungus is specifically…

Flea Circus

Fact: A jumping flea accelerates faster than a space rocket.   The space rocket is a feat of human engineering. It accelerates so fast that astronauts have to undergo special training to withstand the powerful forces exerted on their bodies during lift-off. And yet, our mightiest machines pale in comparison to the humble flea. Let’s…

The Centre of Attention

Fact: The Earth is at the centre of the universe. Remember when the church argued that the Earth was the centre of the universe? Turns out, if you look at the physics in a certain way its hard to argue with them. The universe is constantly expanding, so galaxies are constantly getting further and further apart….

We Are Not Alone

Fact: The aliens should have been in touch by now. There is absolutely no convincing evidence of intelligent – or indeed any – life on other planets to date. However, taking into account the huge size and age of the universe it is also extremely unlikely that we are the only life-forms in the universe….

Totally Nutty

Fact: It takes a gallon of water to grow a single almond. You might be basking in your eco-warrior glory every morning as you pour almond milk instead of cows’ milk on your cereal, but it turns out that almonds also have a lot to answer for. Almonds grow best in hot, Mediterranean climates –…

Totally Eclipsed

Fact: Solar eclipses are a complete coincidence.  If you have ever seen a total solar eclipse, you know just how beautiful it is. But it turns out that the perfect match-up between sun and moon that makes it possible is simply the biggest coincidence in the world. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon…