A very deep-sea chandelier

I am in lust for this chandelier. Don’t get me wrong - I am often in lust for chandeliers.  I am not, as it turns out, without my quirks.  But this one if particularly gorgeous. This piece - Skyphos 1 - was designed by Kateřina Smolíková.  It’s a low-energy glass-and-LED design.  And the reason it looks […]

Citizen Science - Globe at Night

Ah, citizen science.  How we love you so :) For those not familiar with the concept, citizen science is what we call distributed science projects in which members of the public contribute to the science being done: they help collect the data, for example, or analyse it. Examples include Galaxy Zoo, as well as a […]

AltWiki - the day Wikipedia went dark

  Today, as Wikipedia went dark in protest of SOPA and PIPA, and people all over the world found themself screaming ‘arg, no infomation!’, the Washington Post, Guardian and NPR stepped in to answer people’s questions, via the #altwiki hashtag. And a number of people with access to old-fashioned resources like, well, encyclopaedias. An interactive […]

Science "programming"

Or should that be “science” programming? I just saw this wonderful graphic showing how science is treated by some of the major TV networks - y’know, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel and the ‘Science’ channel. Sigh.  Quite.  I suppose we should be grateful that there’s at least _something_ vaguely science-related in there, […]

Greetings, 2012ers

Hello, everyone! Yep, I realise I’m somewhat late back to the fold - but looks are deceiving.  Ive been back at work since Jan 4th (urg), but, well, there’s been a lot on. On top of the usual summer goings-on - cycling home into gale-force (well, almost) northerlies on sunny days, watching the harbour become […]

TOSP Episode 17: January 16th 2012

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Greetings, listeners! This week, aimee was away in Melbourne at the inagural AdaCamp barcamp.  So Elf brought in his good friend Haritina Mogosanu, who works with KiwiSpace and World Space Week, to co-host with him. They talked about the number of planets in our galaxy, […]

TOSP Episode 16: January 9th 2012

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] Happy New Year! May 2012 be a wonderful year to you all. To start off the new year, aimee and Elf discuss last week’s announcement of the successful build of a temporal cloak, thorium’s potential as an alternative nuclear energy source and zombie bees! Also, […]

TOSP Episode 15: December 19th 2011

[Original post on the Sciblogs The Official Sciblogs Podcast site] The last TOSP before Christmas! And, because we’re daring, it _isn’t_ Christmas-themed.  Just to give y’all a break. Instead, Elf and aimee cover the winners of the Prime Minister’s Science Prize(s), how bees reach consensus (warning: headbutting), a very special new crab, Jupiter’s heart-cannibalisation, the […]