There’s bad science, and then there’s the Sun. Amateur astronomer thinks a hunk of Mars rocks is some sort of ape-like alien. That’s some fine journalism there, Lou. This is something called pareidolia, where our mind tries to make sense of more-or-less random information. If you’ve ever seen shapes in television static, or heard voices on [...]
What happens when you take two 3.5 TeV beams, and slam them together? You get a science-gasm that spans the entire world. I think this is the highest number of exclamation marks I’ve ever seen from a scientist. This particle collision isn’t even the largest that the CERN collider can handle, it can reach an astonishing 14 TeV when it reaches it max level — but that won’t be for a while yet. So how much
After a number of hours of slamming atoms into one another, now comes the infinite fun of analyzing the huge amounts of data that this provided, but still what a huge freaking event!
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Today is Ada Lovelace day where we blog about women in the field of science and technology! For those of you not in the know, Ada Lovelace was a minor Victorian noble, and the world’s first programmer — she wrote for Babbage’s Difference Engine. She was also the only child of Lord Byron and his wife [...]
Here’s my semi-regular contribution over at io9. This article was a much bigger endeavor than I originally thought it would be, especially interviewing Peter Hagelstein. Have you ever hit a situation, where you wonder if you’re falling for the hype? Talking to him, and the utterly convincing portrayal of LENR that he gave, as well as [...]
This is an absolutely gorgeous visualisation of the way mathematics occurs in nature. It looks at the Fibonacci sequence, Golden and Angle Ratios, the Delaunay Triangulation and Voronoi Tessellations. Absolutely stunningly [...]
The Harmony Express, the world's fastest train. It was unveiled December 2009, travels at 250mph/400kph, covering the 660 miles/1000km from Guangzhou to Wuhan in three hours.
Showing that once again, the rest of the world has their shit together when it comes to rail. According to the Telegraph, China is attempting to build a mammoth rail network [...]
I’ve written about Simon Singh’s battles with chiropractors before, and it unfortunately seems that his legal battle has taken a major toll—Singh will stop writing his science column for the Guardian. Due to the inordinate stress of the lawsuit—both financial and personal—he’s put all his writing on hold. No books, no columns, nothing. Not only that, [...]
Psychopaths are scary, because, well, they’re just really scary. Movies teach us that, thanks movies, you’re the best!
Bateman, Lector, that guy from 'No Country For Old Men', Cruella de Ville, and some other dude, but you know he's bad because you can see his freaking brain through his skull and he looks super mean.
But what [...]
Family genome time!
The first family’s genome has been sequenced (no, not THAT first family). A family of four (mom, dad and their two children) had their entire genomes sequenced and the results are now out in the online edition of Science. This particular family was chosen because their children both have two very, and I [...]