Bill Bryson describes himself as a reluctant traveller: but even when he stays safely in his own study at home, he can't contain his curiosity about the world around him. A Short History of Nearly Everything is his quest to find out everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization - how we got from there, being nothing at all, to here, being us. Bill Bryson's challenge is to take subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry and particle physics, and see if there isn't some way to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. It's not so much about what we know, as about how we know what we know. How do we know what is in the centre of the Earth, or what a black hole is, or where the continents were 600 million years ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out? On his travels through time and space, he encounters a splendid collection of astonishingly eccentric, competitive, obsessive and foolish scientists, like the painfully shy Henry Cavendish who worked out many conundrums like how much the Earth weighed, but never bothered to tell anybody about many of his findings. In the company of such extraordinary people, Bill Bryson takes us with him on the ultimate eye-opening journey, and reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.
The aMaze Ball by IS Gifts is a handheld spherical maze game.
All you have to do is get the ball from the top of the maze to the bottom! To start, find the mini ball bearing in the maze and navigate it to the top or bottom of the maze, and into the hole. The ball bearing will travel through the inside of the ball, and pop out of the opposite side, where you can start the process all over again!
Recommended for Ages 8 years+
In July 1969, six hundred million people, one-sixth of mankind at the time, witnessed the historic Apollo 11 moonwalk live on TV.
This DVD contains the complete 2009 restoration of the historic TV broadcast, produced by NASA for the Apollo 11 40th anniversary. It includes newly discovered footage not seen by the public since 1969.
"This restored video is a valuable contribution to space exploration and space communication history" - Neil Armstrong.
Running time: 185 minutes. Region: 0 (all regions)
$9.95A Cricketer's perspective of the Universe drink cooler Black with orbiting red (cricket ball) planets
A traditional way to read the temperature and predict the weather.
Storm Glass - Once used by seafarers to predict oncoming storms, the storm glass barometer came into general use in the early 1700's, and responds to atmospheric fluctuations to forecast the weather. Admiral Robert Fitzroy conducted a detailed study of this instrument between 1834 and 1836.
Galileo Thermometer - In 1593, Galileo Galilei discovered that the density of liquids reacts predictably to changes in temperature. He invented a device that allowed temperature variations to be measured.
$29.95Astronomers have long known that the Universe is expanding, but everything they could see indicated that gravity should be slowing this spread. Instead, it appears that the Universe is accelerating its expansion and that something stronger than gravity --dark energy -- is at work. In Einstein's Telescope Evalyn Gates, a University of Chicago astrophysicist, transports us to the edge of contemporary science to explore the revolutionary tool that unlocks the secrets of these little-understood cosmic constituents. Based on Einstein's theory of general relativity, gravitational lensing, or "Einstein's Telescope," is enabling new discoveries that are taking us toward the next revolution in scientific thinking -- one that may change forever our notions of where the Universe came from and where it is going.
$49.95Tom Hanks, Imagine Entertainment and HBO present the Emmy and Gold Globe Award winner From the Earth to the Moon, the dramatic story of the unforgettable Apollo missions and their heroic astronauts. Powerfully told through the memorable performances of Brain Cranston, Sally Field, Chris Isaak and many more, these are the stories of the men, women and children who lived, breathed and manufactured, from the power of human will, one of the greatest achievements in the history of mankind. Beautifully restored in stunning HD, the Remastered Edition updates the visual effects, adding vivid detail to the Apollo missions while remaining true to the masterful storytelling of the original
$29.9528cm Galileo Thermometer ( 6 balls ) – watch the temperature by watching the balls sink and float in a beautiful sealed glass cylinder, as their densities are such that they rise or fall as the temperature changes.
Bring the brilliance of the celestial sky into your own room with the 8 glowing planets in our solar system! These planets out-glow all others thanks to our proprietary Glominite formula. Simply apply the reusable adhesive putty to attach planets to your ceiling. Then turn out the lights and marvel at the solar system that you've created!
Little 007 fans will have fun communicating messages with their friends with this activity kit. Send messages in Morse Code, invisible writers, X-ray secret notes sheet and more.
Great first 'spy kit' for kids. Learn common secret codes used in the spy world.
Recommended for ages 8+
This kit is designed to demonstrate the principles of thrust, acceleration and jet propulsion. The science behind launching the LiquiFly Water-Powered Rocket is the same as any other rockets - create thrust from water and air. Bam goes the rocket!!
This kit has everything you need is in the kit. Takes approximately 2 minutes to set-up.
Try experimenting with different water levels, and varying the air pressure to test how thrust is affected. Full instructions are provided in each kit - covering safety, set-up and how to really max out your thrust.
Note: Adult supervision is required for this activity. Improper use of this device could cause injury.
$14.95Discover the fun with magnets! This set contains 6 magnets, some paper clips and other magnetic objects.
$27.95Mens - I need my space t-shirt. Colour - Blue 100% cotton.
$19.95Moon Phase Maps are 18 Photo-Maps of the Waxing Moon - (9 double sided A4 size sheets) with waterproof coating. All major craters and seas identified, along with Valleys, Ridges, Rilles, faults, domes, ghost craters and crater chains marked along the terminator.
$14.95Drink your coffee from this iconic NASA mug for a truly out of this world start to the day!
Make your own Wind Energy!
With Newton's Lab, learn about wind energy by making your own windmill and light up the house.
Newton's Lab - Wind Energy kit includes:
$19.95Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to the Moon? This beautifuuly illustrated picture book will take you on a journey to find out. You can fly into outer space, walk on the Moon and take a look at our world from a very, very long way away.
$27.95The Periodic table of the chemical elements is a Tabular method of displaying the chemical elements, first devised in 1863. The layout of the table has been refined and extended over time,as new elements have been discovered, and new theretical models have been developed to explain chemical behaviour. The current standard table contains 117 confirmed elements as of late 2006 ( while element 118 has been synthesised, element 117 has not ). This table is displayed on this t - shirt.
From cyborgs, starships,UFOs, aliens and antimatter to telepathy, invisibility, psychokinesis and precognition. According to Albert Einstein, 'If at first an idea does not sound absurd, there is not hope for it.' Physics of the Impossible shows how our most far-fetched ideas today are destined to become tomorrow's reality. Michio Kaku, bestselling author and one of the world's most acclaimed physicists, looks at the science of the future and explains what's just around the corner, what we might have to wait a few millennia to get our hands on and how surprisingly little of it is truly impossible.
Narrated by David Attenborough
Captured in stunning ultra-high definition detail. Planet Earth II is an immersive exploration of the jungles, mountains, deserts, islands grasslands and cities of the world. Journey to the four corners of the globe to discover the extreme forces that shape life in each of these iconic landscapes and the remarkable ways animals manage to overcome the challenges of surviving in the wildest places on Earth. From eye-to-eye encounters with incredible creatures to epic journeys through breathtaking wilderness, experience the wonder of the natural world as never before.
$19.95This pocket microscope is perfect for budding biologists, or those who want to explore the world in more detail. With a 20x - 40x zoom, even the smallest item is easy to get sharp and in view. The microscope comes with 2 blank slides, instruction leaflet and batteries are included.
$9.95A "selfie" taken by aliens on their most recent visit to "The Dish". Yours to show off on a drink cooler. Artwork by M. Marshall.
$14.95A "selfie" taken by aliens on their most recent visit to "The Dish". Yours to show off on a mug. Artwork by M. Marshall.
$12.95Create outer space patterns on your ceiling with this clever projector torch.
$49.95Star finder to identify the main stars and constellations in both hemispheres.
$29.95Fitzroy Storm glass - a type of historical weather forecasting device, composed of a sealed glass container, filled with liquid that allows the user to forecast the weather by observing the appearance of the liquid in the glass.
Does your child love doing experiments and making things? Then this kit is the perfect combo that will keep them entertained for hours!
There are 3 kits on offer. Please make a selection at the checkout.
Magic Sand & Slippery Slime: Experiment with magical sand that stays dry even when it's under water, and make your own slime.
Revolting Science: Gross stomach-churning germs! This kit finds and grows the disgusting lurking around your house!
Glow Science: Glow-in-the-dark powder can be added to all kinds of things around the home to make them luminescent, and add water to special white powder to make it expand into faux snow - it feels just like the real thing! Everything you need is included, just add water! Comes with illustrated instructions, perfect for beginners.
For Ages 8+
$14.95Spent all your pocket money again? There are heaps of great things you can make with stuff that's lying round the house - and they won't cost you a cent! Ages 7-12. Check out all the toys and gizmos you can make with simple household stuff! From Mexican jumping beans to a diving octopus and a popcorn lava lamp, you'll be whizzing and spinning like crazy. Watch out you don't get dizzy! Ages 7-12.