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Astonishing documentary: Secret Life – the Hidden Life of the Cell

If there’s one thing you watch today (well, other than wall-to-wall coverage of The Hobbit* and perhaps some videos of sorting algorithms explained through folk dance), it needs to be this. Secret Universe – The Hidden Life Of the Cell from pbbes on Vimeo. In this astonishing hour-long BBC documentary released just a month ago, David Tennant narrates the story of what happens when our basic components – cells – come under attach from a […]

TOSP Episode 12: November 28th 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Welcome back to a very icy, buggy TOSP! This week, Elf and aimee talk about ice.  Well, mostly ice. Brinicles, ice on Europa and even ice-related geoengineering in Mongolia. And undersea silk. Excitingly, however, they also talk with their first guest, Sciblogger Siouxsie Wiles of Infectious Thoughts, and her post this week on (illegal) chickenpox lollipops.  She also talks about tuberculosis, why it’s so important, […]

Brinicle!

UPDATE: Please note – the picture below is a picture, not the video :)  The link to the video is later in the post… Yep, that is, indeed, a real word. The Beeb, bless their cotton socks, has released some excerpts from their new the new BBC/Attenborough series Frozen Planet.  Frozen Planet deals, as one might expect, with “the frozen wildernesses of the Arctic and Antarctic”, and while I’ve not seen it, it looks absolutely […]

On homeopathics, and physics

After a somewhat extended sojourn, I have returned, once more, unto the breach.  Dear friends. Just a brief one today, as I find my stride again, comprised of two bits. ————————- First up!  Homeopathy.  As y’all may have realised, I am most certainly not one of its proponents.  Anything but, in fact (which reminds me, I have some very interesting research regarding the placebo effect about which to blog sometime soon). It’s a wonderful BBC […]

Jellyfish, continued

The BBC’s posted this beautiful set of photographs of deep-sea jellyfish (honestly, I’m beginning to think I have a thing about these creatures).(I couldn’t use one of the beeb’s pictures, so have put in another cool jellyfish photo.)I think I like the…