Infographic: Buying an iPad 3

A fascinating infographic from research firm AYTM Research (Ask Your Target Market) looks at who is likely to buy the soon-to-be-released iPad 3, and why they might do so. Some of my favourite stats? Far more people are likely to buy this as their first iPad, than as their next one [herroooo market penetration!]. Also, […]

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 […]

Fireflies, luuurve and NASA

In this newest animated video from fellow Sciblogger Siouxsie Wiles (Infectious Thoughts) explains how fireflies* use bioluminescence to find love (or the firefly equivalent), and, well, food. And it then goes on to explain how the chemical reaction used to produce that light, can be exploited to help us test for bacterial presence.  In your […]

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 […]

The mechanics of love

Today is Valentines Day. Apparently, this is the cause for a great deal of consternation.  I know that it has, over the years, occasioned horror for me, too*. So, I thought I’d just share something a bit fun and whimsical.  Those of you who are American will no doubt know the name Rube Goldberg. I […]

F1000 Research (squeee!), Higgs hyping and string theory

Huzzah, more open science news! Plans were released today for the launch of F1000 Research, an F1000 initiative. F1000, for those for whom the name doesn’t ring a bell, are the ‘Faculty of 1000, which release post-publication peer reviews of scientific literature. They often do big metareviews. And they are, at least to my knowledge, […]

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 […]

OMG! Earth photography pr0n

Thank you, NASA, for once again providing really beautiful imagery. Fresh off the boat off the orbiting device*, a gorgeous ‘blue marble’ photograph of the little planet upon the surface of which we sail through our ever-expanding universe**. As NASA says: This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth’s surface taken on […]

Open Culture: The (internet) keys to the city, and beyond

I wrote this post for the Retake the Net site, where it first appeared. See the RtN website for more details about our work/projects, and how you can get involved! —- It’s a brand new year, and now that everyone’s back and refreshed, it’s time once again to work on the Open Culture project. Late […]