Stunning timing! xkcd’s newest strip is on the subject of physicists.    Why am I wittering about timing?  Well, given that I’ve just written a post about physicists explaining what’s going on, it’s pretty awesome synchronicity. Oh yes, and we do laughing at them a little, as well :) [HT: Jason for sending me the link, […]

The mathematics of war

War!  Hngh! What is it good for?  Well, the development of some interesting mathematics, if nothing else.  And raised eyebrows.  And scheming/strategising. Last Monday morning (yes yes, I know – been busy, ‘k?!) I successfully managed to hie myself off to Dr Sean Gourley’s speech about, you guessed it, the mathematics of war. Or, to […]

Interesting bitties: different alphas, plastic to oil, drunk voles and a fry

Whilst in the process of writing other, more long-form posts, I thought I’d throw you all the proverbial bone. Or, to be more precise, smattering of things wot I has found interesting today, and which you might find interesting too. First up! Akinori Ito goes down as favourite human being of the day.  It would […]

Interesting bits: starving to stay awake, and an LCA on Li-Ion

I have seen many interesting sciencey things this week.  Which makes sense, given that a large part of my job is to track new research.  Sadly, and for the sake of brevity, I’ve had to pick but two for this post. Starving to stay awake? Another interesting factoid related to, well, taking in less calories […]