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As always, Olympics opening ceremonies include fireworks and today’s was no exception. Fireworks use a lot of science – for example, particle sizes control the rate of burn, different colours are created by using different metals, and the sounds and shapes depend on how the chemicals are packed.

Olympic Games 27 July – 12 August

There is a physics of ponytails – a fairly simple equation explains what shape a ponytail will form. But don’t worry – this isn’t scientists turning into hairdressers. This could be used to look at how industrial or biological fibres behave.

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