Jonathan James Leonardo da Vinci is the archetypal renaissance man, a master of painting, sculptor, architecture, invention, and engineering. His work, which spanned multiple disciplines, informed not just art and design, but also contributed greatly to our understanding of zoology, botany, biology, anatomy, engineering, and physics. He filled dozens of notebooks, which continue to surface … Continue reading The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci
Alice Whitehead Many of the biggest discoveries in the science community have been borne out of the accidents of scientists or development of unrelated technologies. There have been countless examples over the past few centuries. Here we recount, arguably, the ten most important serendipitous discoveries: 10. Corn Flakes Image Credit: https://goo.gl/images/ZQiwuV One day in … Continue reading Accidental Genius: Science in Serendipity
James Vines In Britain, 165 million cups of tea are consumed every single day, with English Breakfast tea being the most common. The matter of a perfect cup of tea is a highly contentious topic. There are so many variables. Do you add sugar? What's the perfect amount of milk? And maybe the most contentious … Continue reading Uncertain-tea?
Jamie Hakham From Astrology to Homeopathy, people believe a wide variety of things that have no basis in any concrete science. With the world currently in a furore over ‘fake news’, we thought we’d take an analytical eye over why people believe in bad facts and faulty logic. Pseudoscience takes many forms, and affects practically … Continue reading Pseudoscience – Why Are We So Easily Fooled?
Emily Vincent Most of us have seen the statistics and stereotypes surrounding women studying or working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) fields; it can sometimes seem an inescapable reality that these areas are male-dominated. The obvious male bias in science raises lots of important questions. Image Credit: MaxPixel What are the issues? In … Continue reading Women in STEM: in Sheffield and Beyond
Bethany Torr In a very over simplified, and arguably unhelpful manner, Google provides this definition of urbanisation: “the process of making an area more urban”. Nevertheless, let’s put some numbers to this definition. One-hundred years ago only 20% of the world population lived in a city. Factor in one industrial revolution, the emergence into the … Continue reading How to Live on Planet Earth
Jonathan Cooke If you’re a Premier League Football team, you must follow a simple formula for winning the title. First, you win at home against other teams. Then, against lower league opposition you win at their ground as well. The ability of a crowd to motivate players has long been established as a factor that … Continue reading The Science of Crowds