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 […]

Wine: good for superconductors, too

A very quick pointer, for those who don’t see my tweets :) Once again, 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 […]

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 […]

Google launches STEM competition

I’ve just received a press release from Google, about a competition which looks kinda cool :) On January 11th, they’re going to be launching the (first ever, as is so common with the company) Google Online Science Fair.  Because of its online nature, it means it can be global pretty easily, and it’s open to […]

5 ways to gain a lover

Yes, it is a shameful, shameful misappropriation of a great song, but I couldn’t help myself. Not even a little bit. And seriously, there are, apparently, five different styles of flirting.  An ‘inventory’*, if you will.  And what, pray (or, possibly, prey) are they?  Read on, dear reader! Traditional This is based very much in […]

How fast to shake to get dry? Science answers…

It’s a difficult subject, this. And probably too punworthy for me to be able to help myself (although I shall try). Some enterprising scientists have discovered the optimal oscillation needed by a hairy beastie shaking itself dry.  And by oscillation, of course, I mean ‘shaking of the body’. Or, possibly, ‘booty’. They filmed a bunch […]


Stunning timing! xkcd’s newest strip is on the subject of physicists.    Why am I wittering about timing?  Well, given that I’ve just written a post about physicists explaining what’s going on, it’s pretty awesome synchronicity. Oh yes, and we do laughing at them a little, as well :) [HT: Jason for sending me the link, […]