Text requires thought. Photos? Despite what those pesky professionals might say, they don’t really need much creative input. Here’s a quick look at what my camera’s pointed at so far here in Aberdeen.
Let’s start with the biggest surprise – warm, beaming sunshine at Aberdeen’s beach. I went for a splash around. It would’ve been criminal not to.
I also wandered along a riverbank for a while. It was green, quiet, and the sounds of urban life were muffled by the gurgling water and surrounding trees.
And now, a little splash of science, courtesy of the Xchange in the delightful Speigeltent:
This was one of the many very cool demos I caught at the Xchange. James Soper showed us how a spinning football on a drill will, courtesy of gyroscopic stabilisation, spin forever! Or at least until the applause stops.
Greg Foot, seen here ‘releasing the energy’ (aka burning the hell out of) a jellybaby. Murder in the name of science? Whatever, that jellybaby’s sweet death-smoke was inhaled by dozens… RIP our tasty pal.
Debbie from Science Made Simple nailed this demo, I reckon. Posed the engineering problem: “I need to fit myself through this empty shredded wheat box.” Solution?
Simple: Slice the box up very carefully into a giant ring! Engineering saves the day.
The shredded wheat box managed to loop around the entire audience, which apparently is a world record for the most people inside a cereal box. Or something.
Good stuff by all the demonstrators; I’m not sure if I actually learned much science, but I don’t think that’s the point of the xchange particularly; it’s very informal and a great little session for the middle of the day. Next up for me? The Victorian Science Spectacular, then the End of the World party. Sounds ominous…