Stunning video of STS-131 launch

There’s nothing better than a spot of spacepr0n (well more accurately, shuttlepr0n) on a Wednesday morning. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZrFC988Thc[/youtube] And so, let me present an absolutely fantastic video showing the 2010launch of STS-131, the 33rd mission to the International Space Station (ISS).  It delivered science racks to be used in the labs onboard the Station. The space […]

the misc-ience word cloud (apparently)

So, I have been playing with datavis applications.  As one does. [make clickings to enlarge] Today’s little graphic is courtesy of Wordle, which generates word clouds from RSS feeds or, alternatively, from delicious user names. Given that I stopped using delicious* when there was that little bruhaha this year, the word cloud generated therefrom is […]

Pushing stuff with light: how Crookes radiometers work

Yesterday, I bought a Crookes radiometer.  And proceeded to play with it. This post has come out of people asking me ‘how does that work?’ A Crookes radiometer is a simple little device, generally now produced as a novelty item.  It allows the quantitative (i.e. wif all numbers in) measurement of the intensity of electromagnetic […]

Introducing a new blog: Just So Science

This could not have been better timed. Rather than making any jokes (I know, I know), we’re simply going to get straight to the point, and introduce Elf Elfridge, our newest blogger. Elf is the proud and, dare I say it, starry-eyed* owner of Just So Science, which will be looking at things which are […]

Global premier: First Orbit

Now, ordinarily I don’t use my blog to push events*. However, and having said that, sometimes something comes along which looks to be particularly fascinating.  And tomorrow, just such as  thing is to take place. Sadly, the Auckland event is booked out * sniff *, but Wellingtonian’s have the opportunity to watch the global premier […]

New things!

I’m back! [UPDATE: Sorry, realised that I may have inadvertently caused confusion over the people responsible for naming the seamounts.  Stand by for clarity (and in the meantime, I’ve removed any specific references)] [FURTHER UPDATE: Right, so it appears that the naming of the seamounts was done both by fishers _and_ scientists.  More details on […]