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Power up the supercapacitor!

Fri 21 June 2019

Consider please, the supercapacitor. To the uninitiated it sounds almost like it should be featured in a comic or a piece of kit in a 1960s space adventure series. But these devices are not imaginary – they exist and may actually be the key to clean energy for future transport systems across the world.

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Plastics of the future

Tue 21 May 2019

Plastics are used everywhere in our life. They are made into everything from spoons to electronics covers, and countless other things in between. They are considered as one of the most fantastic inventions in human history. But what can we do now we are realising that plastics are not really that fantastic?

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The world's most famous table: 150 years of Periodic Law

Mon 15 April 2019

150 years ago, Russian chemist, Dmitrii Mendeleev, first presented his idea to organise all the known elements into a handy table according to their atomic number, electrons and properties. Periodic Law, as he called his system, transformed science.

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Time for parents to power down: Why coddling children can harm them

Mon 14 January 2019

When it comes to success and wellbeing, most parents want the best for their children, right? But the kind of parenting where you try to ensure your child’s success could be their downfall, according to Dieter Wolke, Professor of developmental psychology and individual differences at the University of Warwick.

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Five things you need to know about soil

Mon 03 December 2018

Soil: As children we learn that plants grow in it and worms live in it and that's generally as far as we go. But the mix of minerals, water, air, decaying plant and animal matter and countless microorganisms that make up the top layer of the earth's surface is hugely important, not only for plant life, but for all life on earth.

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