2012

Glowing Kitties of DOOM!

June 11, 2012 // 9 Comments

By: Myles Power Edited by: Hannah In my opinion, the Internet has been one of the greatest achievements of mankind. The ability to share information and ideas instantaneously has changed they way we communicate, do business, develop relationships, conduct research and express ourselves. The Internet is not owned or controlled by any person, company or nation, allowing for material that would be censored to be released worldwide. This has led to – amongst other things – the [...]

Coalition of Environmentalists Report on Synthetic Biology

June 9, 2012 // 6 Comments

By: Myles Power Edited by: Hannah As many of you will know, I am not a big fan of David Shukman (BBC Science Editor). This dislike came from watching his biased broadcast on the BBC, in which he cast a shadow on the hard work of synthetic biologists and the subject as a whole. I later found out that at the same time, he published a related article on the BBC news website. It was just as misinformed and alarmist as the broadcast and inexcusably made a link between synthetic biology [...]

Bad Science in Prometheus

June 7, 2012 // 40 Comments

By: Myles Power Edited by: Hannah In my opinion, Prometheus (Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated prequel to Alien) was one of the most disappointing movies I have seen since the Phantom Menace. Now, I know what you are all thinking: “Myles, let’s not say anything we can’t take back”, but it’s true. Only once before have I had my hopes lifted so high, only to have them come crashing down at warp speed by a film that failed to deliver. Only once before have I ran into the [...]

The Chase

June 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

In this video Myles is being chased by an unknown person who he then gives all control of his youtube channel [...]

FWS – Destroying my xbox360 with THERMITE!

May 22, 2012 // 2 Comments

Myles xbox 360 gave him the red ring of death so he decided to take revenge on it using 1.5kg of thermite. Thermite is a pyrotechnic composition of a metal powder and a metal oxide that produces an exothermic oxidation-reduction reaction. When aluminium is the reducing agent it is called an aluminothermic reaction. This reaction is extremely dangerous and Myles advise that you not to repeat it. Missing Safety Glasses Every effort was put into safety (fire extinguishers, flame retardant [...]

David Shukman (BBC Science Editor) – Synthetic Biology

May 15, 2012 // 6 Comments

Back in March 2012, David Shukman (BBC Science Editor) published a short report on synthetic biology. The reports cast a shadow on the hard work of scientists and implies that synthetic biology is not accepted by the mainstream scientific community. Myles discusses the points Shukman makes in his report and questions if he should be the BBC science editor. Pictures from this episode Original Video Aired on 28/3/12, 15 mins into BBC news at ten. Complaints can be made here. [...]

FWS – Dehydration of Sugar by Sulfuric Acid

April 28, 2012 // 4 Comments

When I tell people that I am a organic chemist they either think I work in a farmacy or that I am a hippy above my station. But what it really means it that I work with carbon containing compounds.The perfect reaction to show the carbon contained within these compounds is the dehydration of sugar using H2SO4. When the two are mixed the mixture turns yellow, then brown, then black. A large column of carbon is then expelled from the beaker.  (C12H22O11 → 12 C + 11 H2O) This experiment also [...]

FWS – Sparklers Underwater

April 3, 2012 // 1 Comment

Did you know that sparklers can burn under water? This is because they contain an oxidizer (usualy Potassium nitrate or Potassium perchlorate) as a oxygen source instead of getting oxygen from the air. As a result, they are able to burn even when they are placed in an environment where oxygen is absent as Myles [...]

FWS -Playing With Fire! (flame test)

February 4, 2012 // 1 Comment

A flame test used to identify boron and sodium. Abstract In this experiment, you will use a flame test to visually determine the identity of a metal or metalloid ion, based on the colour it turns a flame. This is because each element has an exactly-defined emission spectrum, which scientists can use to identify them. For example, lithium produces a red flame and sodium a yellow flame. This experiment can be performed at home, but must be done under the supervision of a responsible adult. [...]

Homeopathic First Aid Kit

January 13, 2012 // 2 Comments

I got his hands on, if you can believe it, a Homeopathic first aid kit. The kit clams to cure stroke, heart attacks, poisoning, drowning, etc. This video was a response to everyone who has told me that homeopathy is not dangerous. Yep I have this sat in front of me! I know I have said in the past that I was not going to make another homoeopathy vid but when I saw this I could not stop myself. In side is a guide that clams that this box can cure abdominal pain, allergic reactions, asthma, [...]