I stared into the Total Perspective Vortex and survived!

Here is a great video showing the extent of the universe as we have observed it so far: “The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of […]

The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas

I bought this book as a Christmas present to myself, along with a DVD box set of Cosmos. Put together and edited by comedy writer, journalist and creator of the Atheist Bus Campaign, Ariane Sherine, The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas is a collection of stories and tips for enjoying the Christmas season from 42 atheist […]

Carl Sagan and the cosmos

“Understanding is a kind of ecstasy” – Carl Sagan The great Carl Sagan would have been 75 today. Most famous for the 1980s TV series and accompanying book, Cosmos, he was a prolific science writer producing more than 600 papers and articles and was the author, co-author, or editor of more than 20 books including […]

The future is here, and it’s a bit rubbish

Photo credit: Vermin Inc Remember all the exciting things we were promised? Back when the year 2000 seemed unfathomably distant the future looked rosy, by now we would be living in a Star Trek like world where robots would do all the work and we would be able to spend all our time on leisure […]

Science reporting: is it good for you?

Yesterdays debate at the Royal Institute of Great Britain between Dr Ben Goldacre (author of the Bad Science blog, Guardian column and book) and the science minister, Lord Drayson is now online to watch on demand. I watched this live and it was a really enjoyable hour and a half, certainly better than anything TV […]

Bad Science

I’ve recently been reading Ben Goldacre‘s Bad Science which takes a no nonsense approach to the claptrap the public are often fed about medical science and alternative therapies. It’s an interesting read, dealing with how statistics are misunderstood and manipulated, how research is dumbed down to make good copy and how the media just wants […]

Decline in bee population

Apparantly Bees are going missing… and mobile phones could be to blame (hey, at least it’s not 4x4s this time). According to The Independent as much as 70 per cent have gone on the east coast of the US and it’s spreading across Europe. Einstein once said that if the bees disappeared, “man would have […]

Non-Newtonian fluid

A non-Newtonian fluid is a fluid in which the viscosity changes with the applied strain rate. As a result, non-Newtonian fluids may not have a well-defined viscosity. Just watch the video… it’s bonkers!

Multi-touch table thingy

How cool is this?! It’s a multi-user electro-acoustic music instrument with a tabletop tangible user interface. So now you know! More at: http://mtg.upf.edu/reactable/