The Syrup Tin Experiment

Now for something a little bit different. I don’t know if you ever did this experiment in school, but it was a classic for young science students, back in my day. (Kids, please don’t do this without a responsible adult). 1. Take a finished syrup tin (good excuse for lots of pancake eating), wash the

Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle stands today as an impressive historical monument to the turbulent British past. When first completed in 1289 it may have been viewed somewhat differently. Whichever side one sat upon, Welsh or English, there can be little doubt that this castle was a dominant and imposing site within the local Snowdonia scenery. Dressed in

Badgers & TB culling

"Brock" the badger (Meles meles) is a native wild mammal of Britain (amongst other places). Omnivorous & mainly nocturnal these wonderful woodland shadows should normally live their lives undisturbed in their woodland setts. Yet they have been persistently blamed (often with little evidence) for the occurrence of TB in farm cattle. Recently in a rather

Tulips & Circadian Rhythms

Some of our tulips are now out, merrily opening & closing their blooms according to their own schedule. What is it that drives this schedule?   Click image to view larger version … The tulips  have their own biological clocks built in; this is what drives the circadian rhythm of flower opening & closing. The