Read Thy Comics

I’m catching up on Reader and, oh damn this is creepy (from April 9): xkcd what if? – Pressure Cooker Also, on April 14 (the day before the Boston Marathon), the Sunday Times had a piece on the charming leadership of Chechnya: Moscow crime ring run by Chechen police A GROUP of armed thugs accused [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

In Which Some Corners of the Internet Are Vastly Superior to Others

It’s a funny old world. One must never, never, never read the comments of a news article, a newspaper opinion article, a youtube video, a post on a political blog (unless independently run and strictly moderated); even amazon and yelp reviews will mostly only serve to cause confusion and anguish (best to stick to the [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

Trains! Steam Edition

Obviously I sat on this till it was too late to be of any actionable interest to anyone, BUT STILL! Look out for four steam trains in London this Saturday And then I’ve had this sitting on my desk, from the October issue of WIRED (I can’t find it online), page 48: BACK ON TRACK [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

Gold

In honour of: There’s this (curtsy: vanderleun): Gold Bullion Vault – Periodic Table of Videos From the Periodic Table of Videos project.

Categories: Science and Nature

So Here’s What An Underwater Atomic Bomb Explosion Looks Like

I’d like to see what the ship looked like (or where it went) after the wave settled. Curtsy: xkcd’s What If? blog (in which he explores the repercussions of exploding a nuke in the Marianas Trench).

Categories: Science and Nature

Thrilling Developments in Saxon History

An overlooked area of history, I think: BBC (video) – Archaeologists ‘find palace site’ at Kingsholm

Categories: History

Cute Fluffy Kitteh Correspondent Brett McS Points Us To…

Live Science (it’s science!) – I Can Haz Productivity? Why You Should Look at Cute Animals at Work Here’s a defense for when your boss catches you watching kitten videos on the job: New research shows looking at cute images of baby animals may actually improve your work performance, inspiring more fine-tuned attention and careful [...]

Categories: Catblogging

Mars Woo!

This could be another Peter Recommends but I already did that today. He’s very excited about it, and the video is pretty cool (I mean, it wouldn’t be out of place as an ACME made Road Runner gadget gag): Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror

Categories: Science and Nature

Transit of Venus

The story’s a few days old, but the videos are getting better: NASA | SDO’s Ultra-high Definition View of 2012 Venus Transit From the description: On June 5 2012, SDO collected images of the rarest predictable solar event–the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. This event happens in pairs eight years apart [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

Meet the Mimic Octopus

This is amazing (but ignore the idiotic American-style narration):

Categories: Science and Nature

Super Skippy!

Eagle-eyed baby-animal-and-science enthusiast Brett McS actually sent this a couple of days ago so apologies if this has already been celebrated the internet over. The New Scientist – Resurrected ancient protein is a potent antibiotic As marsupials, wallabies give birth to young at a much earlier stage in their development than placental mammals. For example, [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

Totally Nontopical Quote of the Day

I haven’t heard this one (I bet it’s apocryphal but meh, who cares): A reader remembered Einstein, who said, “If my theory of relativity is proven correct, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that [...]

Categories: History

A Post for Midsummer: Sunscreen!

I saw this last weekend on my Canadian adventure: Boing Boing – 4 things you didn’t know about sunscreen I’m looking this over again to find which bits I wanted to quote. Erm, read the whole thing.

Categories: Science and Nature

Humboldt Girl Survives Rabies

…Without vaccine. Grim. But wow, good for her, eh?

Categories: Science and Nature

Australian Breakthroughs In Astrophysics Correspondant Brett McS Reporting

He hasn’t actually filed this report, but did forward it on: Brisbane Times – Amelia’s summer job: finding part of the universe A SUMMER internship to learn more about astrophysics turned into a stunning coup for a Monash undergraduate, Amelia Fraser-McKelvie, when she helped solve one of the big mysteries of science. Astrophysicists have long [...]

Categories: Science and Nature