Sunday Reading: MATTER

Sunday July 28, 2013

Ninety nine cents a month is a small price to pay for a steady stream of stories on subjects such as radioactive poison, voluntary limb amputation and, most recently, living longer.

The New Cosmos

Friday July 26, 2013

In 1980, a guy named Carl Sagan released a TV series called Cosmos – widely regarded as one of the most influential docos of all time. Seen by over 500 million people, it is credited with almost single-handedly building the popular science movement in America.

Einstein on Religion

Wednesday July 17, 2013

There's something about the curiosity of children. Stripped of the cynicism we adults attach to questions of art and politics and science – kids are able to bring a simple logic to bear on the thorniest of questions. Einstein seemed to agree.

The IQ Predictor

Friday July 12, 2013

A group of scientists from Rochester think they can help determine your IQ.

Spoon Fed

Tuesday July 09, 2013

Turns out food does actually taste better when eaten with your favourite spoon or fork. Thank you science, for telling us what we already knew.


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.