Flight sim without the fuss

The headline to this post is, at the same time, misleading and not misleading at all. To explain: allow me to introduce to you FlightRadar24: Live flight traffic.     Now, I’m well aware that aeroplane anoraks* will either already know about it, or have just left this post by frantically clicking on the link […]

Smearing rationality all over Harry Potter

Today, I found something new. Well, not found, per se, but rather was pointed to. And it’s not new, having been going for a coupla years or so now, but it’s certainly still going! It’s the rather epic fanfic Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. Written by American writer, blogger, friendly AI advocate and […]

Meet eteRNA: “Played by humans, scored by Nature”

As regular readers of mine will know, I have something of a jones for citizen science projects. Something of a substantial one, in fact.   And so, it’s with enormous joy that I’d like to introduce y’all to another member of the flock: eteRNA. In this online ‘game’, you get to help advance science by […]

MoBIE announces 2012 investment round results

The newly formed ‘Ministry of Everything’ - more formally called the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment - has announced the results of the first tranche of investment round funding.   Apparently, $133m will be invested, over the next 6 years ($32.8m of that this year alone), with 47 research projects being supported. The split: […]

Turning octopus gestures into speech

I’m sure that anyone who’s ever watched an octopus wasn’t in the slightest bit confused today when news broke that octopuses* are, in fact, conscious. But: ever wondered what octopuses are _saying_ when they languidly wave their tentacles at us? Well, the video below has an answer for you :P [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMM4XYteqWI[/youtube] (A big thanks to […]

Factory farming of the vegetable kind

Well, I’m back!  We survived not only the Mongol Rally, but the ensuing two weeks in Ulaanbataar (more on that in another post, though). In the meantime, I bring you some Chinese science journalism, courtesy of the free newspaper* on the plane between Ulaanbataar and Beijing. Or possibly Beijing and Hong Kong… According to the […]

Incredible image of earthquakes since 1898

Following last night’s 50 second shaker here in New Zealand (magnitude 7, but luckily nice and deep), I figured this image was appropriate.     New Zealand’s in there, but mostly covered by the nicely thick green line going straight through it. You can see Northland and a teensy bit of the bottom of the […]

Why I’ve gone so quiet: the Mongol Rally 2012

Hello, dear readers :) I just wanted to explain why I’ve been so quiet as of recent, and why I’ll likely be pretty quiet for the next couple of months. In short: I’m doing the Mongol Rally (with mad Canuckistani Dane Foster). We’re leaving Wellington on July 10th, and beginning our epic trip from the […]