Science

The truth is out there?

Friday July 27, 2012

Looking to fill in the summer break? Why not search for aliens at a Scottish university. Next January, the University of Edinburgh is offering a free, online and wholly legitimate course in the search for extraterrestrial life.

Know thy boson

Monday July 23, 2012

News of CERN's discovery has been everywhere, but if you still don't quite understand what the Very Important Particle is - or does - then here's a short video that sums it up.

Meet Your Microbes

Tuesday July 17, 2012

Little known fact: the microbes living in our body weigh more than our brain. Over recent years the oft-maligned microbe has been undergoing an image makeover. 

The Polyfloss Factory

Wednesday July 11, 2012

Think of Polyfloss as fairy floss for the recycling generation.

Slime Mould Maps

Wednesday July 04, 2012

Slime mould may be the smartest unicellular organism on Earth. Now it's being used to discover new pathways through the streets of Amsterdam.

Smart guys wear beards

Wednesday June 20, 2012

New programming languages are developed all the time, but few ever reach a wide audience. The secret to cutting through could be sporting a beard like a bushranger.

The Burritob0t

Friday June 15, 2012

This is the story of how a NYU student built a working burrito robot as part of his master's thesis and became the most popular guy on campus.

The Key to Science

Saturday June 09, 2012

Richard P. Feynman – physicist, Nobel Prize winner, philosopher and all-round impressive dude – takes one minute to set out the fundamental precept of all science.

The Listening Machine

Thursday May 31, 2012

Since time immemorial, man has wondered what the sound of 500 people tweeting was. Now techno-musical theorist Daniel Jones and composer Peter Gregson have created an algorithm that allows us to synthesise exactly that.

The Bio-Computer

Tuesday May 29, 2012

Mike Schropp is a geek of the highest order. His blog is called Total Geekdom and on it he tinkers with scraps of technology to make them better, different or just plain weird.