Stunning visions of Mars

Humanity is now the proud owner of some 13,000 photos of Mars taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Monitoring Seasonal Albedo Patterns on South Polar Residual Cap (ESP_014405_0945) Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona The photos were taken by the most powerful camera of any on NASA’s spacecraft - the aptly (if dryly) named High Resolution Imaging […]

Sperm of a feather clump together

I’m gobsmacked.  And highly amused, as well (it’s the immature part of me, apologies). Credit: Phil Myers (photographer, copyright holder), Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan.  More info here and here.  (I tried to find a picture of sperm in question, but nothing seemed to be (c)-free) Research published in Nature this week has shown […]

On the matter of time, and how the past crystallises out of the future

Yes, you read the title correctly. In a fascinating paper written by George Ellis, of me ol’ alma mater the University of Cape Town and Tony Rothman, from Princeton University in New Jersey, they posit that the place where this crystallisation occurs is, interestingly, the present. Not as in gift (although the present is a […]

Christmas presents

A quick note on the Christmas (or otherwise) gift front. While I’m sure everyone has by now completed their Christmas shopping, I thought I would direct your eyes to this site. Because yes, Sciblogs has indeed made up some merchandise! You can get hoodies, t-shirts and stickers, and if there’s interest in anything else (bags, […]

Season's greetings

Well, it’s that time of year again.  Christmas.  New Year’s.  The extremely aptly-named silly season. So we thought we’d take the opportunity to say thank you to all our Sciblings.  Since its humble beginnings in September/October of this year, we’ve seen over 600 new posts written (to total over 1,100). Our stats have climbed steadily […]

I have moved to Sciblogs

Hello everyone :)As you may or may not be aware, I’m also part of the stable of bloggers to be found on Sciblogs. For the moment, I’ve decided to be lazy and rather than syndicating/double posting (which always requires a little extra work), I’m simpl…