In which I make an excuse, but put out a suggestion

Greetings, readers all Yes, I am alive.  No, I have not forgotten my duty to you all to produce entertaining and informative content.  However, I am at this point stupidly busy, and thus have fallen a little behind. Amusingly, the gravity well around my to-write-about list has now acquired the ability to levitate small objects […]

Deep-sea critter madness: new species, new photos

I love Wired.* I also love strange deep-sea critters, and brilliant photos of them.  So this recent article in Wired is a quite a treat. Captured between 700 and 3,660 (or so) metres** deep along the mid-Atlantic ridge***, it showcases 10 new deepwater species which are intriguing scientists for a slew of different reasons, including […]

Space geekiness: a lecture

I really, really hate it when events don’t have an online presence. I like broadcasting things.  Not to be able to do so easily, particularly when it’s something interesting, is upsetting.  I have fitlets of pique thereover.  As it were. Anyhoo, on to the point of this post: tomorrow, in Wellington, there’s going to be […]

Distorted internal body maps, anyone?

Our brains’ internal representations of ourselves are not, it would appear, quite as accurate as one would have thought. That, at least, is the conclusion of paper which just came out in the dangerously-acronymed PNAS*. To introduce the subject, then, let’s agree that it’s important for the brain to know where all our various physical […]

A very different form of mining…

I came across this last week, and thought it was certainly an interesting way of addressing New Zealand’s mining issues. The conversation around whether, and if so to what extent, New Zealand should mine its national parks for mineral resources is a heated (haha) one.  And, I might add, not one into which I’m going […]