Category Archives: Science

In which Science goes on trial and is exonerated all in one morning

by Grania As Dara O’Briain once noted, of course Science doesn’t know everything. If science knew everything, it would stop and probably go and eat ice cream for the rest of its days. But sometimes we all wish that science had the answer to our particular question du jour. Then again, sometimes just because we […]

Just a heads up: Jerry on Futureproof today

Jerry will be on Irish talk radio station Newstalk discussing his new book with Jonathan McCrea on Futureproof @newstalkscience this morning 12-1 PM GMT. That’s 6AM Chicago time, so I doubt our friends on the western side of the Atlantic will be out of bed yet, but they can catch up later. Listen live here UPDATE: the […]

Something new to read

by Grania Spingies There are some interesting-looking books in the Sunday Book Review in the New York Times which are going onto to my Wish List. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson I’ve long come to think of the Internet as the thing that has turned our planet into a village. With all […]

The difference between ten and infinity

By Grania Spingies Brian Cox is Stateside at the moment, and was on The Conan Show promoting the US run of BBC 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage, the science podcast brainchild of Robin Ince and Brian Cox that cannot be praised highly enough (it’s funny, it’s got science in and a whole lot of smart […]

Christmas on Saturn

by Grania Just in from CICLOPS, there is an update on the Saturn Cassini mission from the team and a “Captain’s Log” from mission leader, Carolyn Porco. And an artist’s impression of what it would look like: These sorts of pictures remind me very much of the Time-Life coffee table books in my father’s library when I […]

Google car

by Grania The Oatmeal weighs in on Google self-driving cars, which as far as I am concerned can’t arrive soon enough given that humans and their goddamned “intuition” manage to kill 1.2 million and injure another 50 million humans every year.   It’s still a work in progress, but it is so very much better […]

What science achieved in 2014

by Grania Writers at io9 have collected some of the big breakthroughs in science this year. Among their picks were Enceladus’ hidden ocean, the artificially expanded genetic alphabet, new burial mounds found at Stonehenge, a really big dinosaur named Dreadnoughtus Schrani,  womb transplants (oh, thank goodness!) and the supercluster Laniakea, although you should also read Ethan Siegel’s article about […]

Only a theory?

Matthew Cobb sent a link to this video about the nature of a scientific theory, along with the note: Brief 3-minute video on theories in science from the Royal Institution, written by science teacher and atheist Alom Shaha and narrated by theoretical physicist and humanist, Jim al-Khalili Nothing you haven’t said a million times over, but nicely […]

Bill Nye talks about creationism, evolution, and his new book

I’ll get creamed for this, but Bill Nye really does rub me the wrong way. Yes, I know he’s turned lots of kids onto science, and good for him! But his demeanor just gives me the creeps. And he seems ravenously hungry for the limelight, a form of naked ambition that always puts me off. […]

A conference on hype in science

Last December, Ford Doolittle, a biochemist at Dalhousie University who has actually done a lot, organized a symposium called “Hype in science“, which I announced on at the time though it hadn’t yet taken place. Now Florian Maderspacher, the senior reviews editor for Current Biology,  has written a three-page summary of the conference for the journal, “Hype in […]


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