Marvellous scientific social media

I think we can all agree that NASA is pretty awesome*. Additionally to their being involved in brilliant things like shuttles (well…), space stations, rockets, telescopes and other goodness, their engagement with the public (viz. other earthlings) is not bad at all.  They have a website, photo galleries to make one weep, a youtube channel, […]

A bit of Friday fun: the Galaxy Song

Monty Python, as is widely known, are the stuff of legend. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buqtdpuZxvk[/youtube] And, because it’s Friday and one is allowed to let one’s hair/pants/whatever else down, I thought I’d post a little astronomical fun: the Galaxy Song, from Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life*. Enjoy, and may your weekend be marvellous :) —————– * Not […]

Seeing cosmic rays

Like, for real. With the naked eye. Another post courtesy of Josh Bailey*, who has been building cloud chambers and documenting the resulting, well, results. I _meant_ to write on the subject, since it’s so frikkin’ cool, but have been somewhat swamped by other things in which I am involved**. So! Without further ado: —————————— […]

Dr Evil's fondest wish may yet come true

Sharks with frikkin’ laser beams on their foreheads have, until now, seemed a remote possibility*. But in a stunning development, scientists have engineered living cells which are able to _emit laser beams_. Take a moment.  Sit back.  Allow your mind to explode a little. In essence, living cells have been engineered to produce Green Fluorescent […]

The internet in 2015?

Just a quick one today. [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/23903009[/vimeo] I came across this video comparing internet stats in 2010 with (projected) internet stats in 2015.  Not surprisingly, NZ doesn’t really have a standout role in the figures shown, but I’m curious: to what extent do we belive these predictions? Do we think NZ will follow suite, and if […]

Physics shorthand

As you may or may not be aware, I have something of a physics Jones. I’ve found the subject interesting ever since school, although I’ll freely admit that my contact therewith has been somewhat intermittent :) Recently, however, and for a slew of reasons, I’ve been getting back into it.  Trying, if nothing else, to […]