Tom Williamson

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Water: the weirdest liquid on the planet

The more scientists examine H2O, the stranger it starts to seem. Water bends all the rules – but if it didn’t, ice would sink and firefighters’ hoses would be useless<p>Water is the only substance on Earth whose chemical formula has entered the vernacular. We all know H2O, even if we don’t understand …

5 Sky Events This Week: Moon Confers With a Jovian Giant and a Celestial Maiden

Stargazers will also get the chance to see the blue-green dot of distant Uranus.<p>The moon moves into the late evening skies this week and, to the delight of backyard astronomers, pays a visit to some of the brightest destinations in the solar system and beyond.<p><b>Moon and Jupiter.</b> As night falls on …

Astronomy

Top 10 alternative city breaks in Europe

For great-value city breaks, look past the capitals and big names; some of Europe’s liveliest cultural scenes are in its smaller cities<p>Ghent, Belgium<p><b>Why go?</b><br>While Bruges can sometimes feel a little like a tourist toy-town, Ghent keeps it real. The city still offers picturesque Flemish architecture …

European Travel

Light Photographed As A Wave And A Particle For The First Time

Seeing is believing<p>Scientists have long known that light can behave as both a particle and a wave—Einstein first predicted it in 1909. But no experiment has been able to show light in both states simultaneously. Now, researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have …