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Science Hack & Bites

Science plays an important role in our everyday lives, find out how you can make life easier with our fun hacks. Plus, read the latest science news and facts in our latest bites!

Science Hack: Get packing!

Get your suitcase ready for your summer holiday by leaving some crumpled newpaper inside for a few days.  The porous structure of the paper will remove any remaining odours from previous travels.  

Science Hack: Need a little boost?

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Need something to help boost your day? Smelling rosemary herb oil can help increase alterness.  

Science Hack: Say no to sandy toes!


Struggling to remove sand from your feet when you head off the beach?  Try our handy tip, simply sprinkle talcum powder over feet and toes and rub gently, the powder absorbs excess moisture and the sand easily wipes away. 

Science Hack: In a sticky situation? 

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Sticky residue annoying you?  Science can help!  Chemical compounds found in cooking oils breakdown the residue left behind when a sticker is peeled off.

Science Hack: Ice bucket challenge? 

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Who knew science could help you crack open a cold one faster? Salt drastically lowers the freezing point of water - so add some to your ice bucket along with unopened bottles, wait as long as you can, open and enjoy!

Science Hack: Keep your bananas fresh!

Banana hack

Wrap your bananas in cling film to keep them fresh – it helps to contain the ethylene gas that is naturally produced and causes them to ripen.

Science Hack: Prevent your spuds from sprouting

Spud hack

Place an apple in with your potatoes – the ethylene gas it produces will prevent your spuds from sprouting!

Science Hack: Stop crying over your onions

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When you slice an onion, a chemical reaction occurs between enzymes and chemicals to form a gas. This is what produces the potent smell of an onion, and is also to blame for the tears and the stinging sensation in your eyes. However, onions that are chilled for 30 minutes before chopping give off less of this eye-irritating gas that makes you tear-up because the lower temperature inhibits the chemical reaction!

Science Hack: How to identfy a bad egg!

Egg hack

Fill a jar with water, if the egg sinks and lies on its side, on a point or at an angle it’s fresh. The older the egg the more vertical it is, if it floats to the top, it may be a bad egg! It may not be rotten but it won’t be fresh. Why is this?

When laid, eggs have an air sack that increases in size at is gets older. Eggshells are porous, as they age the sack cell fills with more air increasing its buoyancy. Hence, the older the egg, the more air it contains enabling it to float in the water.

Science Bite: We're 'ex-static' about this!


​Scientists have been trying to find a way to capture the electrical current produced by bacteria through their metabolism for years but,  have struggled to produce efficient results. That’s changing as science moves forward and the potential for harnessing this energy becomes more real. Maybe one day we’ll all be driving bacteria powered cars! ​

Science Bite: Bacteria can have their own bacteria!


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Bacteria come is all different shapes and sizes. From 0.2 micrometres to nearly 1 millimetre, meaning that the smaller guys can catch a ridge with the big ones - how amazing is that!

Science Bite: The world is our oyster!


Scientists have discovered how to create artificial pearls using bacteria.  To find out more about this fishy bite, visit here

Science Bite: Are bacteria just a bit socially awkward?

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No, every bacterium will happily join forces to find food and survive in harsh conditions.

Science Bite: Bacteria have made blue roses possible

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Move over violets!  In the future cultivating blue roses may become possible thanks to bacteria.  Researchers have managed to express a bacterial enzyme that converts a substance found in a white rose's petals into blue pigment. 

Science Bite: When it rains, it pours - hopefully!

In order to help places with low rainfuall, scientists have been able to spray bacteria into clouds, causing it to rain.   

Science Bite: What causes that smell?

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And on the subject on rain, everyone loves the smell after it has rained. We have Actinobacteria to thank for that! 

Science Bite: Sounds a bit cheesy to us!

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Who doesn't love cheese?  We've got bacteria to thank for our favourite savoury bite.  The reason we have so many types is down to the different bacteria used during the creation process.  

Science Bite: Bacteria have that Midas touch!

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We know bacteria are amazing, did you know that they can turn metal into gold? Find out more about the science behind this incredible fact here

Science Bite: Your belly’s fingerprint!

Fingerprint bite

Did you know, no two people have the same mix of gut bacteria! Your gut microbiota is just like a unique fingerprint.

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