Ulan Bator’s geoengineering scheme is THAT cool

Originally syndicated from the Lemur Attack Force blog (I’m doing the Mongol Rally next year, and we could use YOUR help!) As you quite possibly know, Ulan Bator is the capital of Mongolia. And, given that it’s going to suffer from the continentality effect as a result of its location (clue – it’s very landlocked […]

TOSP Episode 9: November 7th 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Greetings, dear listeners! This week, aimee was joined once again by Chelfyn Baxter, co-host of the g33k show, to talk through some of the science stories of the last week.  They included using lasers to rip the universe a new one, Boeing building spacecraft, the […]

Future interactions, reinventing discovery, living homes and more

I am profoudly fortunate.  Every day, tonnes and tonnes of brilliant bits of information come flying at me over the intertubes.  I try to send as many of them back out as I can, and so today, I thought I’d put a couple into a post. Enjoy! First up: ‘Ubiquitous Computing’ My g+ stream is […]

Reprise: "Drone meets nerd, drinks beer and talks"

About 18 months ago I was approached to write an article for the Waikato-focussed Scope magazine.  Something about science, maybe, and business.  I figured it might be good fun to talk about jargon. So below, with kind permission from Scope, is my article as it first appeared in Scope Winter 2010 (the latest edition, Summer […]

TOSP Episode 6: October 17th 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Featuring yetis, flashing bacteria, space!, brownian motion twists, That’s What She Said, better traffic control (hint: drive slower), nanotech _helping_ cell growth, wired petri dishes, vaccination, whale fall, NZ’s freshwater, and various fabulous eventry! This week, aimee and Elf could happily have talked for hours, […]

New Zealand internet usage is on the up!

Internet usage in New Zealand is, not surprisingly, on the increase :) Apparently, we’re choosing easier access to the internet, more data and faster access.  Huzzah! Statistics New Zealand has released the results of the 2011 Internet Service Provider Survey, saying the following: A greater number of subscribers had access to faster upload speeds in […]

TOSP Episode 4: October 4th 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Including mix & mash winners, the IgNobels, beetles and beer, space broadband, predatory beetle larvae, decoding the brain, gold nanoparticles, a low-carbon world, hybrid cars, World Space Week, emotions in science and a Digital Pompeii. Oh, man.  This just keeps getting more and more fun.  […]

Hybrid cars , on the subject of

We’ve seen them around.  We know they’re some kind of (some might say) unholy mix between standard internal combustion engines and electric motors. If one lives in cities like Wellington (NZ), you will have noticed a couple of the local taxi companies drive them. And that their dashboards look all space-age and sport interesting-looking graphics […]