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Brian-Cox-in-Wonders-of-t-007Professor Brian Cox takes an audience of celebrity guests and members of the public on a journey into the wonderful universe of the Doctor. He attempts to explain the scientific concepts at the heart of Doctor Who.

mouthIt would appear that there is more than meets the eye in a winning smile. Dentists have found “striking” levels of bad teeth in athletes competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games. A fifth of athletes surveyed said their oral health actually damaged their training and performance. One in three said their oral health affected their quality of life and one in five said it affected training or athletic performance.
The report concluded that the oral health of athletes attending the dental clinic of the London 2012 Games was poor with a resulting substantial negative impact on well-being, training and performance. As oral health is an important element of overall health and well-being, health promotion and disease prevention interventions are urgently required to optimise athletic performance.

After a public vote, the blobfish has been named as the mascot for the Ugly Animal Preservation Society. The competition aimed to celebrate the more asthetically-challenged threatened species. The society began as a science-themed comedy night, inviting support from comedians such as Stephen Fry and Simon Pegg. Professor Brian Cox also supported the campaign saying, “I support the ugly animal campaign, there are too many people trying to save cute animals. They get all the press, and all the attention. Ugly animals are more deserving than cute animals. So I think it is a superb campaign.” So congratulations to the blobfish, officially the world’s ugliest animal!

Fantastic interactive presentation illustrating the scale of the universe.

Click on the link to use the interactive presentation The Scale of the Universe 2 or view it on You Tube below.

Some stunning entries from the 2013 Research as Art competition organised by the Swansea University Research Forum. Entrants are invited to submit a visual representation of their research…with some very interesting results. This Guardian article presents some of this year’s best entries.

Ben Woods 2012 competition entry

Image courtesy of http://www.bbc.co.uk

Ever wondered what it would be like to play football using the 1858 rules of the game? Charging other players and catching the ball allowed; players must provide their own flannel caps to identify which side they’re playing on and referees wear tophats!

The Sheffield: Home of Football project organised an event on 26th June this year which saw teams from local Sheffield schools replace their modern kits and rules for those of 1858. It is thought that this is the first time since the Football Association came into being in 1863 that the original 1858 rules have been used. Using the traditional heavy leather ball, the event demonstrated how much the game has changed over time.

The project has involved a number of schools, working with many hard to reach pupils and communities, investigating the history of football in the Sheffield area. By using local resources such as archives, libraries and football clubs, pupils have created a historical record of the game.

If you have ever doubted your reasons for taking chemistry, here is a list of 10 reasons as to why chemistry is cool, courtesy of edudemic.com. We’re wondering how many of our students have used reason number 10?

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