An Artificial Transfusion

The blood that flows beneath our skin Is turned red by haemoglobin, Which binds with oxygen in part, Transferring life from lungs to heart.   Donated from unknowns or kin, The blood that flows beneath our skin Is needed, but when this runs out What will we use to quench the drought?   The substitutes … Read more

Across White Fields

Across white fields of mounting snow You sense the winds begin to slow, Then feel them bite into your side; Your ashen snout will be your guide Amongst the zephyr’s gentle flow.   You glide along because you know That in the distance far below A ringed seal has been supplied — Across white fields… … Read more

No Assembly Required

Self assembly: the need for stability Molecular design and structural clarity Semiconductors to polymers, can we use Physics with chemistry to use less energy? This is the winning poem from an event that was run on the 29th March at The Science Museum, London in conjunction with the Royal Society. Researchers from The University of … Read more

Translucent Vessels

Vessels Running beneath my skin – Like the network Of a tightly-knit Urban sprawl. All closely ravelled together – A well-trod map to my Heart. But too complex to build Or print. Our greatest Artificial cartographers cannot reconstruct The interlacing web of hidden alleyways And ginnels lurking beneath the surface. So instead we turn to nature; … Read more

Echoes in the Dunes

From nothing came a burst of blinding light, With waves that trickled out to every shore; For eons, they were hidden out of sight, Just shimmers of some swift cosmic encore.   But now these ancient signals are revealed, Structures since built contaminate their yield. We urge the silence of this barren land: Reveal to … Read more

A Disappearing Shadow

Dappled silhouettes amongst the trees – A lost memory of verdant lands. Your fragmented impressions Have disappeared from view; All that remains is An empty shell Which one day Too will Fade. This is a nonet, inspired by recent research that has succeeded in comparing the movement and space use of jaguars across five different … Read more

The Bees’ Scented Secrets

The bees effervescently Secreted sweet scents. They smelt smelly feet Then went wherever The sweetest smells went. They neglected the less Sweet smells, Seeded the scene, Then entered the nest. This is a univocalic poem (using only the ’e’ vowel) inspired by recent research that has investigated the extent to which bumblebees can identify markers … Read more

A Piscine Problem

Urea, that’s contained in wee, Plus chlorine gives us DBP; This makes our eyes stream like a fool, Please do not piss into the pool.   Deciding how much pee is there, Can be quite a complex affair; What’s needed is a special tool, Please do not piss into the pool.   The sweetener that … Read more

In Search of New Life

Far into space, amongst the darkest Sea New planets sit like marbles in a row. We turn our eyes to find out what might be And search for patterns in their ether’s flow; Then try to see what else might lie below. And as we probe how life’s rich web was spun, Do they look … Read more

Building Materials

By building a new Minecraft mod, Researchers found a way to turn A world that was both fun and odd Into a place where Steve could learn.   Replacing wood with elements And buildings with experiments. A learning tool that rewards skills, That people want to play for thrills! This is a Rispetto, inspired by … Read more

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