by Matthew Cobb Two emus and an ostrich are freaked out by… a ball. Not sure why it’s got tango music on it, but who cares? The vestigial wings of the emus leave them somewhat bereft of ways of interacting with a potential prey/predator. Maybe this is how T. rex would have really reacted to […]
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by Matthew Cobb Juno is the name of a NASA spacecraft which is heading for Jupiter, where it will arrive on 4 July 2016. To get there it performed a gravity-aided swing through the solar system, including a fly-past Earth two months ago, on 9 October. NASA have now released two fantastic videos of the […]
Hili: Since yesterday this snow melted a bit, maybe there is no snow at all further down. A: I’m afraid you are wrong. Hili: Your pessimism is depressing. In Polish: Hili: Trochę od wczoraj ten śnieg stopniał, może tam dalej wcale go nie ma. Ja: Obawiam się, że się mylisz. Hili: Twój pesymizm jest deprymujący.
by Matthew Cobb This popped up in my Tw*tter feed yesterday, from experimental evolution ace Richard Lenski (@RELenski). It’s not new, but it is scary. Here’s the picture Richard re-tweeted: And yes it is real. In 2006, mountain bikers Hans Rey and Steve Peat decided to ride their bikes along a narrow ledge of the cliffs […]
Happy Monday! Hili: Why are cats able to think independently and humans have trouble with it? A: Because cats do not acknowledge authorities. In Polish: Hili: Dlaczego koty potrafią myśleć samodzielnie, a ludzie mają z tym kłopoty? Ja: Bo koty nie uznają autorytetów.
by Matthew Cobb The internet has a very strange attention span. All of a sudden people get excited about something and it appears in a flurry of excitement all over the place, even if it is old news. These astonishing fossilised footprints from Cal Orko in Bolivia are a case in point. Over the last […]
by Matthew Cobb My colleague @ProfBrianCox tw**ted this telling list of scientists who became creationists after studying the evidence. If you can spot anyone who’s been missed, please add their name in the comments.
Hili: Why do you pay all those bills? A: Because otherwise we wouldn’t have electricity and the refrigerator wouldn’t work. Hili: I’ve never thought about it. In Polish: Hili: Dlaczego ty właściwie płacisz te rachunki? Ja: Bo inaczej nie mielibyśmy prądu i lodówka by nie działała. Hili: Nigdy bym o tym nie pomyślała.
Here is a postprandial moggie with a strange name, replete with Thanksgiving bird and described by staff member Thaddeus Aid. I just had to defend my turkey dinner from my daughter’s cat. It was a wild tale of the great white hunter stalking his prey. Thankfully my fully cooked bird did not succumb to his […]
This is what happens when a man with a thin skin is repeatedly told he’s mistaken and yet doesn’t have the dignity to absorb his punishment in silence. The Chopra continues to tweet at me, Dawkins, and Harris, apparently not yet realizing that we haven’t the slightest interest in his lucubrations. Chopra is to science […]