Science

The Last Pictures

Tuesday November 13, 2012

Right now there are a shade over 800 geosynchronous satellites steadily orbiting the Earth, transmitting, communicating, observing.

Quantum Blackboards

Monday November 12, 2012

Despite involving some of the most complex science that humans have ever devised, there's still something decidedly old school about quantum mechanics.

The Cassette is Back

Tuesday November 06, 2012

As far as technologies of the future go, we had long since relegated cassette tapes to the dustbin of the past, alongside hand-powered looms and the idea of curing diseases through leeching.

The Flight Radar

Tuesday October 30, 2012

Have you ever wondered exactly how many planes are soaring over Slovakia right now? Maybe Gabon? Well, wonder no longer.

New Digits

Monday October 29, 2012

We've had a good run, keyboard. We really have. It's been a good few decades of efficient data entry and accidentally hitting the Caps Lock button. But now your time might be just about done.

World's Worst Sound

Monday October 22, 2012

Fingernails on a chalkboard? Nope. Rubbing a balloon? Uh-uh. Screeching tires? Not even. Researchers at the University of Newcastle in the U.K. have brutalised the eardrums of 16 subjects to try and find out what sound agitates humans the most.

Useful Charts

Tuesday October 16, 2012

Wikipedia is all well and good, but sometimes all that text can be overwhelming. Sometimes you just want to kick back, relax and rely on the sweet educational embrace of a good old fashioned chart. 

Talking Head

Monday October 08, 2012

Beyond being one of the greatest scientists to have ever lived, Richard Feynman revelled in challenging the received notions and flawed assumptions that underpin most of our understandings about how the world is put together. 

The Mystery Chord

Friday September 21, 2012

It was a secret that followed George Harrison to his grave: what exactly was the opening chord to The Beatles' song "A Hard Day's Night"? Perhaps no four seconds of music have ever received such scrutiny.

Sunday Reading: Zombie Tits

Sunday September 09, 2012

If the internet's taught us anything, it's that animals are funny. Their outrageous antics make our human follies seem, well, tame in comparison.