Knowledge Nibbles

Knowledge Nibbles

Enjoy some brain food and keep up to date on the science behind current events with our bitesize science articles! Each “nibble” is synthesised from various sources into a 2 minute read. Satisfy your hunger for knowledge by clicking the links below!

Electric skies: what is lightning and how do
thunderstorms work?

Around the world, every day there are over 3 million flashes of lightning – that’s about 44 strikes per second. The beautiful bolts and characteristic rumbles of thunder are instantly recognisable, but what actually causes them? And can you have one without the other?

Why are bubbles rainbow coloured?

In the bath, washing the dishes or playing outside – we all recognise the rainbow sphere of a soap bubble. But soap isn’t rainbow coloured, and neither is water… So what causes the beautiful spectrum on its surface?

What’s up? October stargazing tips for World Space Week 2020

Find out what’s in our night skies throughout October, and how to see them with the naked eye! Wrap up warm, head outside and explore the heavens this month, as part of World Space Week (4th-10th October) and beyond.

Why do we need satellites?

The theme of World Space Week 2020 is “Satellites Improve Life” – find out more about why we need them, Elon Musk’s ambitious project to revolutionise our internet connection, and why the thousands of metal boxes in orbit are inadvertently posing a modern threat to our night sky.

The science of fireworks!

Fireworks have been with us for centuries but the technology continues to advance and amaze us with dramatic colours, patterns, sounds and precision timing. So what’s the science behind these marvels?