The new wizard of the west

I have discovered, to my enormous sadness, that many people are unaware of the existence or work of Nikola Tesla, the ‘electric Jesus’ who pioneered the modern system of AC (alternating current) we now use*. And, in an effort to help rectify this situation, I’d like to present the following article, taken from an 1899 […]

Stunning video of STS-131 launch

There’s nothing better than a spot of spacepr0n (well more accurately, shuttlepr0n) on a Wednesday morning. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZrFC988Thc[/youtube] And so, let me present an absolutely fantastic video showing the 2010launch of STS-131, the 33rd mission to the International Space Station (ISS).  It delivered science racks to be used in the labs onboard the Station. The space […]

Pushing stuff with light: how Crookes radiometers work

Yesterday, I bought a Crookes radiometer.  And proceeded to play with it. This post has come out of people asking me ‘how does that work?’ A Crookes radiometer is a simple little device, generally now produced as a novelty item.  It allows the quantitative (i.e. wif all numbers in) measurement of the intensity of electromagnetic […]

Introducing a new blog: Just So Science

This could not have been better timed. Rather than making any jokes (I know, I know), we’re simply going to get straight to the point, and introduce Elf Elfridge, our newest blogger. Elf is the proud and, dare I say it, starry-eyed* owner of Just So Science, which will be looking at things which are […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]