The Spinning Earth

If The Earth Is Spinning at Supersonic Speed Why Don’t We Feel It ?

(This article has been simplified for the benefit of young children) The Spinning Earth Did you know that the Earth spins at about 1,600 kilometres an hour? That’s supersonic, about 3 times faster than a flying jet plane. That’s how fast the Earth has to turn to make a complete rotation every day. So why don’t we feel it, or feel giddy, or queasy? After all our stomachs get queasy …

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Nanotechnology: Vantablack the world’s darkest material

(This article has been simplified for the benefit of young children) Is there anything blacker than black?! Science is advancing in fast and fun ways, helped by developments in computers, nanotechnology, science and engineering. And what we thought was science fiction is becoming real. One frontier of science is Nanotechnology. ‘Nano’ comes from the Greek word for ‘dwarf’, and means one-billionth. The science of the very, very tiny! Nanotechnology is …

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Graphene

GRAPHENE the wonder material

(This article has been simplified for the benefit of young children) GRAPHENE is thought to be the new ‘miracle material’. It is unbreakable, tougher than diamond, but stretchable like rubber, and can carry electric charges far faster than currently used materials. Yet, it is only about a 1-atom thick sheet of graphite, a form of carbon. To get a sense of how thin that is, aluminium foil is thousands of atoms …

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Ships Turning Seawater Into Fuel

Turning Seawater Into Fuel

(This article has been simplified for the benefit of young children) How Ships Can Produce Unlimited Fuel of Their Own. Scientists have discovered a process to turn seawater into hydrocarbon fuel. (Related article: ‘Salt Water Fueled Sports Car’: https://thebalancedchild.com/sports-car-runs-salt-water/#more-5973). Since 2014 they have made the process energy-efficient and affordable enough to use on a large scale out at sea. The basic idea of seawater fuel is simple. Ships collect seawater …

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Salt Water Sports Car

The Electric Sports Car That Runs On Salt Water

(This article has been simplified for the benefit of young children) When a recent startup called NanoFlowcell introduced the Quantino at the Geneva auto show, the company’s concept sports car caught the interest of the tech world. It is based on an ‘alternative energy’ system that runs on salt water. The car has been approved for use on European roads, and gets its power from a simple sounding alternative energy …

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Left-brained or Right-brained?

(This article has been simplified for the benefit of young children) Is the way we think and behave determined by which half of the brain is dominant – Right vs Left? Can we train our brains to find a balance? In the photo, who is sitting – the lady or the man? Go with your first impression. At first look you’re likely to see the lady sitting and the man …

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The Strange Green Sand That Could Reverse Climate Change

(This article has been simplified for the benefit of young children) Scientists with the non-profit Project Vesta say their special green sand could help remove a ton of carbon dioxide from the air, helping to reverse climate change. The family of greenish minerals called Olivine will help turn beaches and waves into captured carbon rocks. When waves wash over volcanic rocks such as olivine, the water sets off a tiny chemical reaction …

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The Wonder of HOLOGRAMS 7

The Wonder of HOLOGRAMS

(This article has been simplified for the benefit of young children) HOLOGRAMS – STEM Science for budding young scientists. The HOLOGRAM in this video is a 3-dimensional photographic recording of a field of light that is projected by laser beams that ‘bounce’ off each other, quite different from a real image seen by a lens like the human eye. The photographic ‘trick’ records the image that is formed when different …

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