Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Splodey Thing

What happens if a bunch of fast-motion camera science geeks from Imperial College give you a water balloon and tell you to hold your hand just there while they count to three?

It 'splodes on the count of two, and you get a bit wet. And then they give you a copy on disk so all your friends can see! "Your hand moved really fast when it went," the guy on the camera said.

Also there were nematodes, having their neurons analysed, with the aid of glow-in-the-dark jellyfish genes engineered in - poke the worm and the neuron which responds to poking will glow, how cool is that? (That's only a tiny tiny bit simplified. And they had live nematodes under a microscope to demonstrate with!) Apparently nematodes, by virtue of not having very many neurons, and also being transparent, make ideal test subjects...

I love the Royal Society science fair.