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September
2011

Some of the most appalling drivel I’ve ever seen

I generally stay out of the whole Creationist argument (well, on my blog at least). Let me be clear – I am an atheist.  Very staunchly so.  But other people write far better and far more cogently than I on the clash between creationism and science, and I’m quite happy to let them do so. So today’s post will be a short one, and I will do my best to refrain from ranting. I am [...]

TOSP Episode 3: September 26th 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] UPDATE: Youtube vids now up (and at bottom of post) Including fallen angels satellites, post-doc jobs in NZ, Foldit, HIV, nanotubes, Chinese space programme, neutrinos, intuition, suing geologists, Otzi, poetry.  And a bunch of other stuff! This week’s episode is a little longer than usual. Why?  Because there was such a preponderance of interesting sciencepr0n that we (aimee and Elf)  just couldn’t help ourselves*.  So [...]

FTL neutrinos FTW!

* Ahem *  Well, not quite.              (Note: FTL = Faster Than Light) Not entirely, at least. Those of you watching the science news today may have noticed an awful lot of excited wittering about results being published today which suggest the neutrinos may have broken the speed of light. Please note the use of ‘may’ there. First, a brief note on neutrinos themselves.  My favourites of the subatomic particles*, they are virtually massless, seldom interact [...]

TOSP Episode 2: September 19th 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] UPDATE: Youtube now at bottom of page. Including glow-in-the-dark kittehs, wisdom of the crowds, polio, jellyfish, robots and SO MUCH MORE. * Ahem * This week, aimee and Elf continue our roundup of things which made us go ‘squeee’ in the preceding week. We’d like to apologise for this week’s podcast: between aimee’s sniffles (and her brain having turned to mucous) and Elf having hurt [...]

And we're live!

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] UPDATE: We’re on youtube!  See bottom of post for embedded goodness :) Hello, everyone, and welcome to the first ever official TOSP episode. Each week, your hosts, Scibloggers Elf Eldridge (Just So Science) and aimee whitcroft (misc.ience), will be bringing you 20-30 minutes of some of the amazing science-related interestingness across which we came in the preceding week, including some of the Sciblogs posts which [...]

Introducing a new blog: The Official Sciblogs Podcast

The idea of a Sciblogs podcast is one that has been mooted many times, and we’re well chuffed to be able to introduce exactly that: The Official Sciblogs Podcast. Called TOSP for short, the podcast, which is hosted by Scibloggers Elf Eldrige (Just So Science) and yours truly will give a brief rundown of some of the interesting stories (and Sciblogs posts!) to come out of the preceding week. There will also be interviews conducted [...]

Online open education

Online, open education – about the best thing for autodidacts since, well, the printed word*. Of course, open online courses and learning material aren’t just for autodidacts/infovores.  There are many, many people out there for whom the fees of a college/university are simply out of reach.  Further, there are even _more_ people for whom access to almost any sort of education, let alone top notch material, is impossible due to the tyranny of distance/their geographical [...]

Letter bombing nanotech researchers?!

Straight from the WTF files, the news that nanotech (and related) researchers are being targeted by, well, lunatics. Calling themselves the Individualidades tendiendo a lo salvaje (Individualists with Savage Tendencies, or ITS), said group has been sending letter bombs to nanotechnology labs in Mexico, France, Spain and Chile. None of the bombs hurt anyone until earlier this month, when they wounded (but thankfully didn’t kill) Armado Herrera Corral, the director of a Mexican technology transfer [...]

Python and science

Python, apart from being a type of roughly tubular slidey reptile known for swallowing large things, is also a programming language. And rather a good one, at that. First released in 1991, its design philosophy was all about ease, flexibility and simplicity: easy to learn and easy to read/understand.  And, since then, it’s gained a growing number of fans who are quite happy to trumpet why they prefer it over languages like, for example, Java [...]