QuaDror - could this be useful for Christchurch?

On combing the interwebs today for the SMC’s weekly newsletter, I came across something incredible: the QuaDror. It’s a structural support system which, says the website: is a new space truss geometry that unfolds manifold design initiatives and can adapt to various conditions and configurations. Gizmodo has this to say about it: It has more […]

Christchurch Earthquake: Holy ****!

NOTE: I’m updating this constantly as new stuff comes in, with resources, accommodation stuff, etc I didn’t feel yesterday’s quake*. Sitting in Wellington, I would still have expected to (our building shakes pretty easily), but I was instantly aware that something was afoot when Twitter lit up with variations on the theme ‘holy ***, HUGE […]

A day of maps and visualisations

I’m a pretty visual being, and today has been a feast for my soul. Whilst writing our weekly newsletter, I came across a bunch of awesome stuff around mapping and visualisations.  Which I’m going to share (warning: short blog post due to encroachment of Friday arvo beer o’clock). In order of discovery, then: Infographics Did […]

Sci-fi interlude: The Twelve Colonies of Kobol (plus a little Goldacre)

Inspired by fellow Sciblogger Michael Edmond’s recent post on science fiction, I present something very much in that rein.  Universe.  Star system.  Something… BSG: seriously scintillating sci-fi I’ve been a lifelong lover of all things science fiction.  My early reading included much Asimov and C. Clarke, and the offerings of recent science fiction writers are […]

Wine: good for superconductors, too

A very quick pointer, for those who don’t see my tweets :) Once again, arXiv.org rises to the fore*, with an interesting application for alcohol. Not content with fighting cancer and improving lifespan, or being good for our bones (and I’m sure that research will at some point show that single malt whisky** is highly […]

On homeopathics, and physics

After a somewhat extended sojourn, I have returned, once more, unto the breach.  Dear friends. Just a brief one today, as I find my stride again, comprised of two bits. ————————- First up!  Homeopathy.  As y’all may have realised, I am most certainly not one of its proponents.  Anything but, in fact (which reminds me, […]

Fresh out: extraterrestrial life _not_ discovered!

You can thank the rampant speculation caused by NASA’s press release for this blog post’s title1. [UPDATE: There’s now a lot of controversy over the paper, which a number of microbiologists says it’s not, um, terribly good…] And the thing is, the discovery in question is a really awesome and important one.  But it’s also […]