• DIY Weather Forecasting

    Ruth Bentley You don’t need access to a high-tech lab or fancy equipment to do science. After a quick rummage in your house you’ll find everything you need to make your own barometer. Sandals or welly boots? Follow these instructions and you’ll be able find out for yourself! You...
  • The Big Butterfly Count: Get Involved With Helping Britain’s Butterfly Population

    The UK is currently home to 59 butterfly species – 57 native species and 2 migrant species. Although we may not realise it, these species are actually important pollinators of many wildflowers, meaning that they make an essential contribution to plant and animal diversity. The Big Butterfly Count is...
  • Handy Guide To COVID-19 Terminology

    Do you know your surgical face masks from your face coverings? What about the difference between R and R0? In this handy guide, Ruth Bentley guides you through the words and phrases that have defined the coronavirus crisis. Basic reproduction number (R0): The average number of people that one...
  • Farm on a rooftop overlooking a city

    Are Urban Farms The Future?

    Due to decreasing green space suitable for farming, and an increasing population, urban farms could be a great way to feed our expanding cities. Urban farming is not a new discovery. Nevertheless, only recently has it experienced increased interest and demand. In 2015, the urban farming industry was valued...
  • What Are The Starlink Satellites?

    Many of us are very focused on what is down here on the ground that we forget what is above us. Unbeknown to some, there are a few new additions that have been popping up in Earth’s orbit over the past year: SpaceX’s Starlink Satellites. SpaceX, as you may...
  • DNA in a puzzle

    Centenary of the Birth of Rosalind Franklin: the backbone of DNA’s double helix

    In biology class you will have heard of Watson and Crick. But Rosalind Franklin often remains a scientist less mentioned and less recognised. In this article, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Rosalind’s birth, Gwennan Ward looks back on the life of a brilliant, and all too short life. On...
  • Space Mining and Lunar Bases

    Space, stars, satellites, shuttles. So many of us share these fascinations, including Impact writer Rian Patel. We stare up into the skies and wonder about our continual exploration of space. Recently, we have marvelled at SpaceX satellites as they dance and travel through our night skies, but there is...