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Disaster in paradise

On 15th January 2022, submarine volcano Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai erupted, triggering tsunami alerts across the South Pacific Ocean, with countries such as Japan and the USA (Hawaii) advising their residents to stay away from the shore and move to higher ground. The...

A new telescope to look at old stars

On Christmas Day 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope was launched from Europe's Spaceport, in French Guiana, aboard an Ariane 5 rocket, and has been gradually deployed: 25th December - launch & unfolding of solar array making communications possible 4th January -...

Giant creepy-crawlie found on the beach!

The fossil of one of the largest ever invertebrates to have lived has been found, by accident,  on a beach in Northumberland. The fossil is of a giant millipede, an arthropod, of the genus Arthropleura. Arthropods are invertebrates with jointed legs and a hard...

2021 Science News Round-up

As 2021 draws to a close, here at The Left-Handed Lemon, we decided it would be a good idea to look back over the past 365 days and see what has happened in the world of Science during a year that has seen most adults not only receiving their initial 2 doses of the...

Science Advent Calendar: Christmas Day

Today, 25th December marks the anniversary of a famous birth. No, not the baby Jesus.  There is no evidence that he was born in December - the Christian faith conveniently hijacked various Pagan festivals held around this time of year. The famous birth we are excited...

Science Advent Calendar: 24th December

According to the Christmas story in the Bible, the 3 wise men followed a star to find the baby Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem. Over the last 2000 years, thee have been all sorts of suggestions as to what it was that they followed and now astronomers think they are...

Science Advent Calendar: 23rd December

In approximately 24 hours, Santa will take off from the North Pole and begin delivering presents, all round the world. Assuming he only visits the nice children, not the naughty ones, across the whole world, he has approximately 34 hours (added bonus of the different...

Science Advent calendar: 22nd December

Here at the Left-Handed Lemon, we just love Science documentaries and other Science programmes, which is why we look forward to the Royal Institution Christmas lectures each year. The Ri website states that  "The CHRISTMAS LECTURES are engaging and mind-expanding...

Science Advent Calendar: 21st December

Earlier in the month, we looked at the chances of a white Christmas.  In recent days, the odds have reduced, and the chances are looking more favourable that we will have snow, but what exactly is this cold, white stuff that everyone associates with Christmas? Snow is...

Science Advent Calendar: 20th December

Since August, or so it seems, the shops have been full of Christmas merchandise - cards, puddings and rolls of wrapping paper, amongst other things. Everyone looks forward to seeing what is under the tree on Christmas morning, brightly wrapped, whether expertly or not...

Science Advent Calendar: 19th December

No Christmas dinner would be complete without a Christmas pudding - the mixture of dried fruit, spices and brandy that is traditionally set light to before serving. The main ingredients in Christmas pudding are raisins, sultanas and currants. Essentially these are all...

Science Advent Calendar: 18th December

Candles have long been associated with Christmas. The first Christmas tree lights were candles and there are all sorts of varieties and scents on sale in the lead up to the festive season. Burning a candle is just like burning any fuel. The fuel, in this case the wax...

Science Advent Calendar: 17th December

According to Cliff Richard, Christmas time is about mistletoe and wine, but what is mistletoe? Mistletoe plants are hemiparasitic plants on a variety of hosts, )such as apple, lime, poplar, sycamore, ash and hawthorn. However it is rarely found on oak).  That is, they...

Science Advent Calendar: 16th December

One of the first jobs when putting up a Christmas tree is untangling and testing the lights. Traditionally, it always seemed to be the case that they wouldn't work, so your would spend the next hour changing one bulb after another to find and replace the faulty one,...

Science Advent Calendar: 15th December

It's only 10 days to go until Christmas and you haven't been overindulging for weeks already, it might be time to start! For the majority of UK households, roast turkey takes centre stage on the Christmas dinner table, but this has not always been the case. It is...

Science Advent Calendar: 14th December

Holly is as much a symbol of Christmas as a decorated tree or a gift wrapped box topped with a bow. There are more than 600 species of holly around the world, many of which are grown for their decorative foliage and distinctive red, or black, berries, which persist...

Science Advent Calendar: 13th December

Glitter. It's everywhere during the month of December.  Quite literally! In fact, it feels like you open the first door of your advent calendar and a whole load of the sparkly stuff tumbles out to brighten up the rest of the month.  By now, I am usually knee-deep in...

Science Advent Calendar: 12th December

I'm planning to put my Christmas tree up today.  We bought it a couple of weeks ago and it has been outside on the drive since then - I don't like to go "full on Christmas" too early in December, before we break up for the holidays. I'm not a person who has colour...