Tuesday July 02, 2013

You might love a scotch but gag at gin, so why are different varietals of Tetrahydrocannabinol known by one name? User-generated Leafly scores the differences between Acapulco Gold, Maui Waui and hundreds of marijuana strains with funny names.

Alien Maths

Thursday June 27, 2013

It’s often assumed that we need massive telescopes or the testimony of Appalachian hillbillies to prove that aliens exist. Turns out there’s a (not so) simple equation we could use instead. Grab the abacus.

Hacking for good

Wednesday June 12, 2013

Once the domain of cyber punks and disenfranchised nerds, Max Ogden is turning the idea of hacking on its head, using its open-source anarchy for community benefit.

Space Law

Wednesday June 05, 2013

Mastering the chord changes in zero gravity may have been difficult, but it’s the issue of intergalactic music piracy in this video of an astronaut playing David Bowie in space that’s the real doozy.

Bill McKibben on Tour

Wednesday May 29, 2013

Climate sceptics may have met their match in the rational rhetoric of Bill McKibben.

Message From Above

Thursday May 16, 2013

We all know that the twinkling of stars at night is caused by [looks up Wikipedia] atmospheric turbulence, right? But what if there was more to it? Say, alien Morse code?

If wisdom comes with age then National Geographic, clocking in at 125 years young, is wise indeed. Hell, not even Attenborough can boast that much accumulative knowledge.

Dr Alice Gorman is a space archaeologist who studies space debris – old satellites, rockets and even human waste floating in the great unknown. She explains why we shouldn't be too worried about meteorites or getting hit by a propellant tank, among other things.

Welcome to the Multiverse

Wednesday April 17, 2013

Phrases like “proposed physical model” tend to bring back awful memories of high school science class we’d rather forget, but this video manages to explain the entire universe in under five minutes with stick figures.

The Man Who Owns The Moon

Tuesday April 02, 2013

Since time immemorial humanity has looked up at the night sky in wonder and awe, pondering how we might one day be able to call the Moon our own...