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British Science Week – #BSW15

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It’s British Science Week this week (previously known as Science & Engineering Week) – a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring fascinating, entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.

We thought we’d start the week off with some fun science facts…

  • It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open
  • A medium-sized cumulus cloud weighs about the same as 80 elephants
  • A single bolt of lightning contains enough energy to cook 100,000 pieces of toast
  • In an average lifetime, human skin completely replaces itself 900 times
  • A red blood cell can make a complete circuit of your body in 20 seconds
  • An electric eel can produce a shock of up to 650 volts
  • If the Sun were the size of a beach ball then Jupiter would be the size of a golf ball and the Earth would be as small as a pea
  • Women blink nearly twice as often as men
  • The amount of carbon in the human body is enough to fill about 9,000 ‘lead’ pencils
  • Hot water freezes faster than cold water

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For more on British Science Week visit the website or check them out on Twitter and Facebook:

http://www.britishscienceweek.org/

https://twitter.com/ScienceWeekUK

https://www.facebook.com/ScienceWeekUK

Thinking about STEM careers? Check out these links:

http://www.wherestemcantakeyou.co.uk/

http://www.stemgraduates.co.uk/

By Carol Vaughan, Information Services Co-ordinator, UWS Careers & Employability Service

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STEM Awards: your chance to win £25,000

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The Telegraph in association with Babcock International Group are running and exciting opportunity for STEM students to submit an innovative idea to help make positive changes within industry.

Enter your brilliant idea for The Telegraph UK STEM Awards.

Focusing on one of five STEM sectors, you can set yourself a challenge that complements your field of study, or answer a set question for the expert judges’ analysis. Points will be awarded for innovation, financial viability and the idea’s benefit to society and the environment.

The overall winner, whether it’s an individual or a team, will receive £25,000 and a bespoke mentoring programme from a senior engineer within Babcock International Group. The award will be presented at a dedicated ceremony in London during Universities Week in June 2014.

Pick one of these five challenges

Choose the one that relates to your field of study

Automotive

Pharmaceuticals

Environment

Construction

Defence

Full information and how to enter can be found at the following website: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/education/uk-stem-awards/10676034/stem-awards-entry-form-information.html?WT.mc_id=605741&source=PromotionsHomepageGC

Closing Date: 27 April 2014.

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