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We've all heard of vampire bats - supposedly linked to Dracula - but in actual fact, it is very rare for a vampire bat to bite a human for their blood. Found in the wild in Mexico, Central and South America, vampire bats feed on the blood of cows, pigs, horses and...

Super-strength Bacteria

Scientists have managed to produce a synthetic spider silk, which is stronger than steel. They used genetically modified bacteria to create the "silk," and whilst this new product is not a first - other artificial spiders silks have been used in the past - it is in...

Who discovered America?

Columbus may have sailed the ocean blue in 1492, getting to the continent that we now call north America.ย  Up until now it has been thought that Columbus "discovered" the Americas, but it has been shown that in actual fact the Vikings beat him by about 400 years, and...

What’s in a name?

All organisms, living things, are assigned a two-word Latin-based name, which follow specific sets of rules.ย  This binomial (2 name) system was begun by Carolus Linnaeus, a Swedish botanist (he studied plants), in the 1740s. The latin names are usually written in...

Astronaut groupies!

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to sit on top of a Soyuz rocket, waiting to be launched into space? Or how good a bacon sandwich smells, first thing on Saturday morning aboard the International Space Station? Last night, (Sunday 24th October), Tim Peake, the...

Things are getting SPOOKY!

  The Science department held a Pop-up Science session for students from Years 7-9 on Thursday lunchtime. As Halloween is coming up soon, the theme for the session was Spooky Science and activities on offer includedย  pyramid hologram projectors for...

Lucy in the sky …

NASA has launched a probe to study two groups of asteroids, known as trojans,ย  in the orbit of Jupiter. It is thought that these asteroids are leftovers from the formation of the solar system, and that studying them will give us more idea of how our home locality in...

Captain Kirk really did go to space!

Best known for playing Captain James T. Kirk in the original (and some would argue best), Star Trek series, William Shatner really did get the chance to blast off into space yesterday. Aged 90, the Canadian actor boarded the passenger capsule and was propelled into...

Ocean Photographer of the Year

This beautiful photograph of a green sea turtle, surrounded by glass fish, taken by Aimee Jan on the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. is the winning entry into the 2021 Ocean Photographer of the Year competition. The competition, run by Oceanographic Magazine aims...

Why do high gas prices mean fewer cucumbers?

You might have been hearing about the wholesale price of gas surging in recent weeks.ย  The graph below, shows the change in gas prices since 23rd August.ย  The graph is shown as accurate at 11:15 am on 23rd September and shows that thee was a price spike a little over...

Toilet Training Cows!

Have you ever wondered how to toilet train a cow?ย  Is it like training a puppy? German Scientists have found that it's more like teaching a cat to use a litter tray! Climate change occurs when greenhouse gases pollute the atmosphere, making a layer through which heat...

What will you be doing?

So you've completed your first full week back at school after the long summer holidays. Here in the Science department we thought you might like to know what you will be studying in the next few weeks. All year groups have started with the Lab Licence, but then what?...

Welcome Back!

Well, that went quick, didn't it?! It doesn't seem like 2 minutes snce we were waving you all off at the end of the summer term, ready for the 6 weeks holiday, and now here we are back at school, ready for a whole new year. Welcome to our new Year 7 students - it may...

6 weeks, 6 things to …

Now that the summer holidays have started, ("thank goodness" I hear you all shout!), why not make the most of your free time to get to grips with some Science, using this 6 weeks, 6 things to...guide? So, without any further delay, let's get started withย 6 weeks, 6...