*Image reproduced with the Permission of James Evans Illustration. Sintija Jurkevica Could a computer ever be able to enjoy strawberries and cream? Could a computer ever make a human fall in love with it? These are types of questions Alan Turing (1912-1954) might ask one whole-heartedly at a dinner party, thereby unfolding the eccentricity of … Continue reading Alan Turing – The Father of Computer Science
Harpreet Thandi The igloo, iglu ᐃᒡᓗ comes from the word Inuktitut often translated as “snow house” widely used to describe any type of house, including traditional tents, sod houses, and modern buildings. The Igluvijaq ᐃᒡᓗᕕᔭᖅ refers to the igloo specifically made from bricks of snow. This acts as a perfect shelter in conditions where snow … Continue reading How does an igloo keep you warm?
Naomi Brown Research published by Usami Kadri, a postdoctoral researcher at Cardiff University, has shown that a type of sound wave called an ‘acoustic gravity wave’ could be used to detect and possibly mitigate tsunamis. These waves are formed naturally with underwater earthquakes and landslides, as well as tsunamis. Image Credit: Flickr What is an … Continue reading Could We Hear a Tsunami Coming?
Harpreet Thandi and Ashley Carley The word robot comes from the word ‘robota’ meaning forced labour in Czech. Traditionally robots are solid machines able to carry out tasks and help humans. This is now changing as the exciting new area of ‘soft robots’ is developing, where robots are made from materials such as silicone, plastic, … Continue reading What Are Soft Robotics?
SAlys Dunn So, what links sonoluminescence and shrimp? Mantis shrimp have an incredibly strong claw. This claw can move at around 100km per hour! When this claw closes in water it produces a bubble. This is a very special bubble though; it’s called a cavitation bubble. Mantis shrimp can use these cavitation bubbles as a … Continue reading Shrimps and Sonoluminescence
Sam Thomas Have you ever had a feeling, a sense of foreboding that you just couldn’t shake? If you have, you aren’t alone, and the sensation you are experiencing may be explained by the phenomenon of infrasound. Image Credit: Pixabay A case of this nature is described by Vic Tandy’s Ghost in the Machine paper … Continue reading Can You Hear Something? The Strange Effects of Infrasound
Simon Allan No. And also yes. On a purely physical level, in 1988, researcher Nancy Knight found two virtually identical snowflakes. The paper is called ‘No two alike?’, and was published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (Issue 69). Here is the image of the snowflakes taken from the paper: Image Credit: NCAR … Continue reading Is Every Snowflake Unique?