• Question: what is the most dangerous experiment you have done ?

    Asked by Verrity to Emma, Jordan, Kate, Lucy, Pankaj, Samuel on 13 Jun 2018.
    • Photo: Lucy Green

      Lucy Green answered on 13 Jun 2018:

      I had to look at the growth of some male sheep – rams – they were really big and horned… had to steer clear of them for fear of getting butted!

    • Photo: Jordan Moir

      Jordan Moir answered on 13 Jun 2018:

      The most dangerous experiment I have witnessed would be in my Chemistry class at school with reactive metals in water which had to be done in the fume cupboard and it was a good thing it was as one of the metals reacted so violently as was expected and it smashed the glass container and sending glass and water flying everywhere in the fume cupboard.

    • Photo: Samuel Vennin

      Samuel Vennin answered on 13 Jun 2018:

      The most dangerous experiments are when someone use a technology I have developed and I am not there to control it is working well. This is why we spend a loooooooong time developing those technologies and checking they work well under any circumstances. It is at the same time very stressful but also very rewarding the first time someone else use your work.

      Otherwise, the most dangerous experiment I personally took part in was during my electrical engineering degree. We were doing practicals on the electricity setups used to power trains, so we were working with very high voltages! We were constantly reminded that this was very dangerous and that we had to be ABSOLUTELY sure everything was connected the right way before turning the power on. There were soooo many wires that it was very easy to misconnect some and every time we pushed the “on” button, we felt like we were in one those movies where the character has to defuse a bomb. Legend has it that every year, there is at least one fire during those practicals…