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Can You Get Fat in Space?

As part of the The Great British Space Dinner competition, celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal, asks us the question, “Can you get fat in space?”. He explains that, due to being in a weightless environment, astronauts' muscles do not need to work as hard as on Earth, and so the fat on their bodies could increase....

Beryllium

In the build-up to the Christmas Lectures in 2012, the Royal Institution published a new video for every day of advent revealing the elements that really excite and inspire people. In this short film, biochemist Liz Bonnin looks to the stars for her pick from the periodic table.

The properties of beryllium...

Tardigrades in space

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, in 2015, focused on the topic of human spaceflight.  The activities linked to the clip on tardigrades are differentiated for lower and upper secondary students.  They are designed to enhance biology lessons on DNA damage and repair, or physics lessons on the danger of...

Rocket fuel

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, in 2015, focused on the topic of human spaceflight.  The activities linked to the clip on rockets are differentiated for lower and upper secondary students.  They are designed to enhance chemistry lessons on combustion, carbon chains, or chemical formulae.  Presenter Kevin...

Kinetic theory: molecule SHM from the side

Kinetic theory: molecule SHM from the side

Kinetic theory: 2 - 2 mass x-t

Kinetic theory: 3 - 2 mass x-t

This resource includes videos that can be used to demonstrate the motion of an object on the International Space Station, either with or without the use of Tracker software.  The Tracker...

Kinetic theory: molecule SHM from above

Kinetic theory: molecule SHM from above

Kinetic theory: 5 - above 2 mass x-t

Kinetic theory: 4 - above 2 mass x-t

This resource includes videos that can be used to demonstrate the motion of an object on the International Space Station, either with or without the use of Tracker software.  The...

Kinetic theory: M and M translational motion

Kinetic theory: M and M translational motion

This video shows astronaut Tim Peake, on the International Space Station, demonstrating the movement of M&Ms inside a hollow sphere. Teachers’ notes can be found here.

Kinetic theory: box triboelectric

Kinetic theory: box triboelectric

This video shows ESA astronaut, Tim Peake, attempting to demonstrate the collisions of particles in a gas - kinetic theory.  You can observe the balls being attracted to the side of the box through triboelectric charging. Teachers’ notes can be found here.

Kinetic theory: box top view

Kinetic theory: box top view

Kinetic theory: molecule path track

This resource includes videos that can be used to demonstrate the motion of an object on the International Space Station, either with or without the use of Tracker software.  The Tracker files are provided in a zip for students or the...

Collisions: two equal mass head on side view

Collisions: equal mass straight (x-t)

Collisions: two equal mass head on side view

This resource includes videos that can be used to demonstrate the motion of an object on the International Space Station, either with or without the use of Tracker software.  The Tracker files are provided in a zip...

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