Science

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.

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.