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What’s it like to be a solid rocket booster?

A question, no doubt, which has kept many of awake over those long, long nights. And now, we have people to the rescue! From the upcoming Special Edition Ascent: Commemorating Space Shuttle DVD/BluRay by NASA/Glenn a movie from the point of view of the Solid Rocket Booster with sound mixing and enhancement done by the folks at Skywalker Sound. The sound is all from the camera microphones and not fake or replaced with foley artist […]

Science animation evolves another step

Well, it branches further out, at the very least. My feeds threw up a wonderful post by Carin Bondar (PsiVid) today. Animation student Tyler Rhodes wanted to produce an animation of evolution which was true to the spirit of the process itself – judging by the final product, he succeeded! Rhodes’ starting point for all of this was a simple drawing of a salamander.  He then had 5 groups of primary school children simulate evolution, […]

TOSP Episode 21: February 21st 2012

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] We’re back!  And with a minimum of difficulties this week :) This week, Elf and aimee talk of a new soft motor, ROBOBEES, a teeeeeensy chameleon (squee!), hacking yoghurt, some very ancient art, ROBOBEES, investing in yourself, knitting needles and water bubbles and space, quantum computing for beginners, sequencing genomes on a USB stick-sized device (!!!!) and ROBOBEES. PODCAST HERE [Did you know you can […]

TOSP Episode 20: February 14th 2012

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Greetings, TOSP listeners! This week’s podcast is a teensy bit late (heh), and a little different to usual as it was the first we’ve done and edited ‘On the Road’. We (well, Elf – aimee was driving like a loon between Auckland and Wellington as practice for the Rally) travelled to Christchurch to chat to some of New Zealand’s young emerging scientists from both MESA […]

TOSP Episode 19: January 30th 2012

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Greetings, podcast audience of ours! This week’s podcast was supposed to be slightly shorter than usual, but then Elf and aimee got into a Discussion or two. There may have been some slight ranting :) We cover the human brain connectome (peeeerdy), awesome urchin-like nanospheres, a NZ critter app, the world’s first iridescent mammal, a medical/bioinformative challenge, science and weight loss, ranting discussion on the place […]

TOSP Episode 17: January 16th 2012

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Greetings, listeners! This week, aimee was away in Melbourne at the inagural AdaCamp barcamp.  So Elf brought in his good friend Haritina Mogosanu, who works with KiwiSpace and World Space Week, to co-host with him. They talked about the number of planets in our galaxy, molecular time travel, calculating what’s in the universe, ‘getting’ science (or not), KiwiMars 2012, and aimee reports back from AdaCamp. […]

You don't like it? Go somewhere else.

Oh, Feynman – you never fail to do other than impress me :) I think this may well turn out to be one of my favourite videos of all time.  In it, brilliant physicist Richard Feynman explains his attitude towards people who, well, doubt science.  Any he explains why he has said attitude. The video includes the wonderful line, Richard gesticulating: You don’t like it? Go somewhere else. To another universe, where the rules are […]

Young scientists tell it their way

UPDATE: I got the venue wrong: it Memorial Theatre, Kelburn Campus, Wellington :) More on communication! Last night saw the first of two final Tell Us A Story events in Wellington. Tell Us A Story is a VUW initiative encouraging postgraduate (read: young) science/engineering students to communicate with the public in an emotionally engaging way.  To tell their stories, not as they would at a conference or presenting a paper, but rather as they might […]

Say what now?

Scientists and the public often seem to speak a different language. And no, I’m not necessarily talking about the dense jargon employed by scientists or, to be frank, the private (or public!) sectors.  Instead, I’m talking about some pretty common words, like enhance*.  Or aerosol, or manipulation, or, even, scheme. Taken from the article Communicating the Science of Climate Change (1), I think it’s a stark (and extremely useful reminder) to science communicators everywhere to […]

Lauren Ipsum: a book about which I'm rather excited

I imagine many of you are familiar with Lorem Ipsum*, the ‘nonsense’ text used as a fill-in for websites and other things-using-words under construction. Presenting, however, what looks to be a charming, and distinctly clever, new book: Lauren Ipsum.  It’s the story of a little girl who gets lost in the woods one day, and what happens next.  It describes itself as being “A story about computer science and other improbably things’, and then goes […]