Science

The Super Supercapacitor

Tuesday February 26, 2013

The wheel, antibiotics, the steam engine and the printing press are inventions that have changed the course of history. But what if there was an accidental discovery that could not only change the world, but save it at the same time?

Science Explained Simply

Thursday February 14, 2013

Nine months after the Higgs boson was discovered by smashing shit together under Europe, most people still struggle to explain what it all actually means. Why? Because scientists speak a strange language, known as jargon.

Stargazing with Brian Cox

Monday February 11, 2013

Brian Cox is a nerd who's way cooler than any of us. When we spoke to him recently, the professor of particle physics, physicist at CERN's laboratory in Geneva and former keyboardist for U.K. band D:Ream was all keyed up about stars. 

Road-tripping on Mars

Friday February 01, 2013

Getting from Earth to Mars is one hell of a roadtrip. The planets are a cosy 54.6 million kilometres away from one another and an average journey is going to set you back 250 days. Start driving early.

CD vs Vinyl

Wednesday January 16, 2013

Does vinyl actually sound better than a CD? Here's an explanation courtesy of science.

A Man's Worth

Monday January 14, 2013

There seems to be a lot to us humans. A lot of loose organs and skin and blood and fat and brain. Kilos and kilos of the stuff. And apparently if you were to sell all those bits on the black market, you could net yourself a cool $45 million.

Energy Use Around The World

Wednesday January 02, 2013

In the 'he said, she said' pettiness of the modern environmental debate, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that we're all just using way too much of our very finite resources all of the time. 

Video Game Brains

Saturday December 08, 2012

For most of us, video games firmly inhabit the world of the guilty pleasure – the sort of activity we engage in with full knowledge that it is, in all likelihood, making us dumber.

Time of Death

Wednesday December 05, 2012

So, when you get older you become 14 per cent more likely to die on your birthday. Paychecks are also a worry – they bump up the risk by 13 per cent. But the most dangerous time of all? 11am.

The MIT Technology Review is a rich vein of science-ish knowledge into which you should tap. Unapologetically geeky, the focus is on the human significance of our interaction with the tools we create, the problems they solve and the meanings they propose.