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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kermadec adventures: A talk by Tom Trinski (tonight)

I am SO going to this - should be great fun! Kermadec Adventures: A special Blue Wellington event: Dr Tom Trnski of Auckland museum is coming to town! Dr Trnski led the awesome marine survey trip earlier in the year, which found several fish species completely new to science. Come and hear his presentation and […]

How deep is the snow at your place?

The NIWA peeps are well curious about the nigh-on unprecedented amount of frozen precipitation (read: snow) falling all over NZ. In Wellington, and as we speak: it’s snowing _in_ the CBD and also at sea level (Greta Point, for example).  This is pretty darned unusual*.  And the scientists are keen to get some data, from […]

Mining the moon

This popped up in one of the legion of email newsletters I generally fail to do anything other with than skim. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IW8ZVqTt8GI[/youtube] It’s a video in which Barney Pell (successful entrepreneur and former NASA engineer) pitches the new venture with which he’s involved - Moon Express - and why going to the moon makes economic […]