The IgNobels 2012 live! Now!

A very brief post, just to alert y’all that the IgNobels are starting in less than 45 minutes.  And you can watch them live in the video below! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnprpYZYiC8[/youtube] Also, Scientific  American blogger Scicurious will be live tweeting from the awards.  Look for the hashtag #ignobel :) For those who’re not sure why I’m so […]

Crows join humans in the ability to infer hidden causal agents

New Caledonian crows - smarter every time we look at them. A fascinating new piece of research was published a couple of days ago in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (or PNAS for short). It shows that New Caledonian crows are capable of a cognitive feat previously only thought to be […]

Why DID the chicken cross the road?!

Why did the chicken cross the road? No, despite what some think, it’s neither the oldest* nor the worst joke of all time. Hell, it’s not even a joke - it’s an anti-joke. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6nSOgsI_vo#![/youtube]   In this awesome video, YouTube Channel VSauce’s** Michael Stevens looks at the world’s most famous anti-joke, explaining WHY it’s so […]

This is your brain on implants (spoiler: it’s better)

Today, the Journal of Neural Engineering published rather an interesting paper. In it, they showed that they had been able to restore (and in some cases, improve) decision-making ability in primates through the use of an implanted prosthetic. Sounds like something out of science fiction, doesn’t it?     The region of the brain responsible […]

Give your two cents on electric vehicles in NZ

No doubt, some of you care (in some way or other) about electric cars, the technol9ogy on which they’re built, their useage and their future.   If one of those people is you, you could do worse than hieing* yourself over to the brand new - as in started yesterday - EV Supporters community. So […]

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 […]