Sunday, 28 December 2008
Thursday, 25 December 2008
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Monday, 15 December 2008
Friday, 12 December 2008
For obvious reasons, swimming near the glory hole is both prohibited and stupid. There are buoys strung across the lake to discourage boaters and swimmers from approaching the glory hole and the dam. Furthermore, the glory hole is well fenced off from the land. The eerie appearance of the spillway in operation attracts visitors, and when the spillway is dry the outlet downstream is popular with skateboarders .
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Features include a monthly round up of science ‘stories’ from around the world – which is a good way of keeping in touch with what is going on, and always provides an interesting snippet or two. There are always stunning photographs and a range of major articles each month e.g. the effect of eating cooked meat on human evolution, climate change and its implications for temperature and rainfall in the British Isles over the next 70 years (both in the November issue), the story behind an 800 metre high skyscraper planned for Dubai, and a stunning photo-essay on the Libyan desert (both in the June issue). There is also a quirky “your questions answered section”, and many short reports and articles on a whole range of topics.
In SCC current issues are held in the magazine racks (behind the dictionaries in the main Library), and past issues are archived in a box at the end of the general science section (on your right as you enter the Library), just before Physics and Chemistry proper.
The next time you are in the Library with a few minutes to spare – have a quick browse, you’re bound to come across something interesting!
This second prize was for her individual achievements in Chemistry, whereas her first prize (1903) was a collaborative effort with her husband, Pierre, and Henri Becquerel in Physics for her contributions in the discovery of radium and polonium. Her early researches were often performed under difficult conditions, laboratory arrangements were poor and both she and her husband had to undertake much teaching to earn a livelihood. She also received, jointly with her husband, the Davy Medal of the Royal Society in 1903 and, in 1921 President Harding of the United States, on behalf of the women of America, presented her with one gram of radium in recognition of her service to science. Mme. Curie died in Savoy, France, after a short illness, on July 4, 1934. To find out more about the life of Marie Curie click here.
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
- Did you know that a lightning bolt generates temperatures five times hotter than those found at the sun's surface!
- In addition, lightning strikes somewhere on the surface of the earth about 100 times every second.
- Each flash contains about one billion volts of electricity. That's enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for three months.
- In the United States alone, lightning sets 10,000 forest fires and causes $100 million in property damage every year.
- Between 1940 and 1991, it killed 8,316 people in the U.S.
- Today the average number of lightning-related deaths in the U.S. is 80 a year.
- Not everyone who is struck by lightning dies.
To find out more about lightning click here.