- Brad Gross.
Fascinating question. Why Science? I dunno. It just seems like such a bottomless subject. Like Music. You never really get "good" at it, just find yourself asking lots more questions. A good understanding of science is a good understanding of facts. We live in a world full of rubbish, cheap talk, internet gossip and blah blah blah. Science is fact. And we are learning more facts each and every day about ourselves, each other and the world around, under and above us. I find all of this most interesting. So yea, science.
- Brad Gross.
Ahh, geology. The science of time and pressure. What's under your bed? Stinky socks? Lego? Dust? And what's under that? Pipes, electrical wires? And under that? Rock? Miles of it. And under that?!?!?! A ball of magnetic molten magma. Next time you are on the internet, type in the word PANGEA. It's a word to describe when all the continents on earth were one big land mass. One big party. Then, as the earth cooled and spun, the continents, floating on a sphere of molten lava, started to spread out. Scientists called this GONDWANA. As they floated around (and they are still floating around, and moving) they create earthquakes, and volcanoes. This type of earth science is called Plate Tectonics. India was floating around, and smashed into Central Asia, thus creating the Himalayas. As the cracks between the plates moooovvvveee, they occasionally let some of the magma seep out, oops. The plates push together and form a point, and the lava comes out, creating new land. The earth is covered with active volcanoes. Some people still live very close to them. Ask the folks in Pompeii if they are worried. They were when they got buried in ash, preserved for eternity. If you want to get up close to a volcano, learn more about geology, and take a few courses. Then go on a field trip to an active volcano, and take a whiff of a real crack in the earths bottom. You'll be glad you did.
- Brad Gross.
I don't, and I never will... But I'm interested, and I try to get other people to be interested. An inquisitive mind is a busy mind. And a busy mind is sharp. A rolling stone gathers no moss. Use it or loose it. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. And all that.
Wolffia is the smallest plant in the world (nothing at all to do with the Wolf!) They are incredibly small, just a bit bigger than a grain of sand each. But they grow in big numbers together so it’s easy to see them. It grows on water so if you dipped your hand in it would look something like the picture above.
And the best thing about these plants? They are edible! And quite nutritious. They are eaten in parts of Asia and you could probably fit around 100,000 plants inside your mouth at once. That’s a pretty good way of getting your ‘5 a day’ vegetables I think. I can’t promise it will taste nice.
- Ivan Teage.
‘General Sherman’ is the biggest tree in the world. Yes, it has its own name and is a ‘Giant Sequoia’ tree which is almost 1500 cubic meters in volume. That is the same size as 10 double decker buses or 1000 cows; or about 50 times the size of your bedroom. It is also 84 metres high, which is nearly as tall as Big Ben in London but not quite.
It all depends how you measure ‘big’ of course! There are taller trees (some are 115m high), and there are wider trees, but this one is probably overall the biggest and heaviest. There were probably bigger trees in the past, and there may be a bigger tree out there somewhere still (let us know if you find it!).
- Ivan Teage.
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Our team of Scientists...
As Director of Blast Science and a Primary Science Teacher for more than 15 years, Lydia has answered unending questions about Science from hundreds of children for over a decade and has a wealth of Primary Science classroom experience. She has a particular passion for Wizard Science, Chocolate Science and all things Gross!
is a Primary Science Teacher and Space Enthusiast. Alongside being a full time teacher he runs Star Gazing evenings, is a Science Advisor, has established a Darwin Garden in his school in Caterham and won Primary Science Teacher of the Year in 2013/14. Watch the video here!
has recently joined Blast Science as a performer after working for several years at Herstmonceux Observatory. He knows a huge amount about physics, chemistry, space and.... Star Wars! So can answer all your intergalactic questions..
has helped Sussex 'stay curious' by coordinating the Brighton Science Festival for three years. She's passionate about sharing science in simple
and engaging ways; without all the big words.
Keita's also a keen supporter of campaigns
like Let Toys Be Toys that encourage toy makers and retailers to stop limiting children's imagination by branding things for 'girls' or 'boys'. Astronaut suits and dinosaurs for all!
Dr Sarah Newnham
I am 26 and have a degree and PhD in biochemistry. I enjoy learning new things and have spent 7 years at university studying and experimenting with molecules and microorganisms. I mainly like to play with bacteria and get them to do new things and produce different chemicals. I also enjoy helping with Science projects in schools and enthusing children about my subject.
Dr Matt Edwards
Dr Matt decided to become a doctor when he ran out of his own scabs to pick. He used to work in Accident and Emergency in Brighton, pulling broken bones back into place and sewing up cuts. He now works in Brisbane, Australia as a Family doctor. This involves cutting out lots of funny lumps and sticking his fingers in every hole that people have. In his time he has been covered in every body juice you can think of, and once juggled with three hearts. Ask him anything about bodies and Gross Science.
(Engineer at Ricardo) Had a strange fascination with all things mechanical from an early age and would often spend time 'fixing' his Dad's car without telling his Dad first. Rarely did it end happily, so of course he decided to continue this into a career than now spans almost 2 decades of designing engines for big names the world over. Having studied Mechanical Engineering at university he has been working since at a world leading technology consultancy, principally creating models and simulations of engines big and small for everyone from McLaren to Volvo. These days you're as likely to find him on a ship or looking at a tidal turbine, but it's still engines that keep him running.
Ivan is a experienced all-round scientist. He studied astrophysics after a childhood of being obsessed with going to the moon, and now works at the Natural History Museum in London using technology to explain Science to young and old audiences. Ivan is interested in the science of music and is keen to help people understand the natural world, how it works, and what it has to offer. He is looking forward to your questions about nature, space, music, sound & the meaning of life.
With A-levels in Pure Maths, Applied Maths, Physics and Chemistry he went to Uni to read Nuclear Physics, but in the end switched to Law. He nevertheless retained a great interest in Science and has an encyclopedic general knowledge about nearly everything. Alex is also the linchpin of the Blast Science props dept but helps out answering complicated questions about Science for light relief from complicated carpentry.