James Lovelock, the 94 year old scientist described as 'one of the most important independent scientists of the twentieth century', will see his work honoured in an exhibition opening today at the Science Museum.
The exhibition uncovers achievements from throughout his seventy year career, which saw him work on fields as diverse as medicine, space exploration an environmental science.
A portable foot shower designed by an 11-year-old from St Albans has won the Science Museum's summer invention competition.
Sophia Laycock's 'Pediclean' washes the sand off your feet when you've been on the beach.
She beat over 60 entries to win a 3D printer worth £2,000.
The device consists of a plastic bottle which attaches to a pipe and when squeezed, dispenses a spray of water onto the feet which are placed on a platform.
It's designed to be light-weight and easy to transport while on holiday.
Sophia said: "I'm really thrilled to win this competition. I've seen foot showers at beaches whilst on holiday, but never seen anything like that in Britain. The 'Pediclean' is just a simple way of cleaning sand off your feet so the sand stays at the beach and doesn't get in the car!"
Mark Champkins, Science Museum Inventor in Residence said: "This product is an ingenious solution to one of the most irritating problems experienced on a trip to the beach." The 'Pediclean' is a smart and simple design that I can imagine in the shops."
As you put the clocks back this weekend, spare a thought for the Science Museum as British Summer Time ends. The museum has to wind back around 500 clocks by 2am on Sunday. The change means darker evenings and an extra hour of daylight in the morning.
Some MPs are still calling for an end to putting clocks back, calling it a "flawed ritual of plunging the UK into darkness by mid-afternoon".
The Science Museum is keeping young minds occupied by asking children to come up with an invention to help improve the British Summer. And, unsurprisingly, they're not short of suggestions. As Martin Stew has been finding out.
Tired of sandy sandwiches, pesky wasps and washout school holidays? The Science Museum wants children’s help to come up with inventive solutions to some of British summer’s greatest frustrations.
It’s launched a competition for 8-16 year olds to invent new and creative products that will help us deal with whatever the summer throws at us.
Science Museum inventor in residence Mark Champkins says:
“Your invention should try to solve a problem we face during the summertimein Britain. Could a picnic hamper with a pop up umbrella to shield you from anunexpected rain shower help? Or a sunshade to stop your ice-cream melting inthe sun?
To get started, think about the places you visit when you’re holidaying in Britain and the problems you may face:
at the seaside
in the countryside
on a long car journey
in a caravan
at home in the garden
camping in a tent”
The winner will receive a 3D printer worth £2,000 and see their design created for a new exhibition. Entries have to be in by midnight on Sunday 25th August.
An international singer songwriter and the Princes Trust came together today, to find the capital's future science stars.
The self-confessed techie Will.i.am, who's searching for the next Bill Gates, has brought that search to London, donating half a million pounds to create science workshops for schools at the Science Museum.