WATCH: The science behind the Ice Bucket Challenge

We’ve spent the last couple of weeks watching videos of famous people dunking a bucket of ice water over themselves for charity – but what actually happens to their bodies when they do it? Paolo Viscardi is a curator at the Horniman Museum in London, and was responsible for the “Extremes” exhibition. He’s posted this video to YouTube explaining what …

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James O'MalleyWATCH: The science behind the Ice Bucket Challenge
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Human-like skin for aircraft under development

A so-called “smart skin” – made up of tens of thousands of tiny sensors – could be fitted to future aircraft so that they can “feel” changes in speed, temperature, physical strain and movement. The system, which is being developed by BAE System’s Advanced Technology Centre in Essex, will also allow the exterior of aircraft to “feel” damage or injury …

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Stuart O'ConnorHuman-like skin for aircraft under development
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Could windows soon be turned into solar panels?

Solar panels are the future – but are also difficult to fit into the home. But what if your windows could be used to generate power? New research from Michigan State University suggests solar cells could be completely transparent – replacing boring old glass. According to Science Daily the way it works is rather than absorbing visible, light, the cells …

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James O'MalleyCould windows soon be turned into solar panels?
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Help this Kickstarter to build a MASSIVE ROBOT that can JUGGLE CARS

Do you dare to dream? Do you want to make the world a better place? Then it is your duty to get behind this noble campaign to build a massive car-juggling robot. A Kickstarter launched earlier this month to build the “Bug Juggler” – a robot that will literally pick up full size cars and juggle them. Watch this simulation …

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James O'MalleyHelp this Kickstarter to build a MASSIVE ROBOT that can JUGGLE CARS
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Water may soon be used to charge your phone

Smartphones and water are not normally best buddies – as anyone who has dropped their handset in the loo can attest – but that all may change soon thanks to some clever scientists. It seems that researchers at MIT (aka the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) could well have have found a way to harness the power of water to charge …

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Stuart O'ConnorWater may soon be used to charge your phone