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. 

Insane in the (squid) Membrane

Thursday September 06, 2012

What happens when you combine one Longfin Inshore Squid, a modified iPod Nano and Cypress Hill? This.

Light in Slow Motion

Tuesday September 04, 2012

At 1,000,000,000,000 frames per second, a camera would be capable of tracking the passage of a single packet of light. Thanks to Ramesh Raskar and his team at MIT, we now possess this technology.

Four Hundred Thousand Galaxies

Friday August 24, 2012

Ninety seconds is all it takes to traverse almost half a million galaxies in this visualisation of our near universe.

The Stone Spray Project

Friday August 17, 2012

Take one beach, one sand binding agent, one laptop and one Super Sand Robot 3D printer and what do you get? How about a full-size building capable of containing numerous people?

Astro Yo-Yo

Wednesday August 15, 2012

When picturing an astronaut you generally envisage a guy in a white suit repairing equipment, or walking in slow mo. But playing with a yo-yo in zero-G? Now that's more like it.

Light Action

Thursday August 09, 2012

Japanese art student Yasutoki Kariya has reimagined Newton's Cradle using 11 computer-programmed incandescent light bulbs, some string and a motor. We explain.