Science: How Curie changed the world

Not only was she the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, but when awarded the honour again she became the first person to achieve it for a second time… also becoming the only woman to win it in two different fields. Known for her research into radioactivity and the discovery of polonium and radium,…

Moscovium: Element to unlock anti-gravity craft?

By the time I finished secondary school in the UK, seaborgium had become the latest element to be added to the periodic table. A synthetic element with the symbol Sg and atomic number 106, seaborgium was first produced in 1974 when a few of its atoms were created in laboratories in the Soviet Union and…

UK sites offer terrific view of night sky

It might come as a surprise to many people in the United Kingdom but South Korea’s Yeongyang Firefly Eco Park, Australia’s Warrumbungle National Park, the Grand Canyon National Park in the United States and Wales’ Elan Valley Estate have a vast amount in common… with all having been granted Dark Sky status due to their…

Leicester space that’s out of this world

Housing two rockets in a 42-metre tower, the National Space Centre in Leicester is also home to the UK’s largest domed planetarium and features six galleries crammed with space memorabilia from suits and rockets to satellites and meteorites. A museum and educational resource covering the fields of space science and astronomy, the centre is the…

Stephen Hawking

Regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists to have lived, Stephen Hawking revolutionised the way we look at the cosmos and inspired a generation through his book, A Brief History of Time, which explored the origins and structure of the universe from the Big Bang to black holes. Today is the first anniversary…

Alfred Wegener

The way we look at the world changed 107 years ago today when Alfred Wegener presented his theory on ‘continental drift’ to the German Geological Society, putting forward the notion that the Earth’s continents had once been united in a single super land mass named Pangaea that had drifted apart over geological time. Born in…

Sir Ernest Shackleton

As a team of scientists heads towards Antarctica to investigate one of the most remote parts of the region, it’s a fitting time to pay tribute to Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the great Antractic explorers, who passed away 97 years ago today. Yesterday the SA Agulhas II set sail towards the Larsen C Ice…

Pluto dwarfed by Eris

It’s 14 years ago today that astronomers at Palomar Observatory in San Diego, California, discovered the dwarf planet Eris in the outreaches of the Kuiper Belt. The discovery by Mike Brown, Chad Trujillo and David Rabinowitz resulted from images taken on 21 October 2003 and was announced almost two years later on 29 July 2005.…