• Cosmos
  • A Sentient Being

    Oliver Sacks on learning he has cancer I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with […]

  • Humanity
  • Idealism, Diplomacy, and the Pale, Blue Dot

    Kaleesha’s at it again with a really wonderful post about our human ideas about the way things are supposed to be.. Today at lunch I overheard my six year old directing one of the older children in the making of her PB&J sandwich. “Not like that. I want it the way it’s supposed to be.” […]

  • Science
  • It Could Happen

    Colin Dickey writing for Aeon on why it’s dangerous for modern civilization to be so dependent on technology: On 1 September 1859, the British astronomer Richard Carrington witnessed a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), a burst of solar winds and magnetic energy that had escaped the corona of the Sun. The Carrington Event, as it came […]

  • Chemistry
  • Illustration: Common Components of Vaccines

    From the excellent Compound Interest, a website all about Chemistry, is this post regarding the common components of vaccines. The recent measles outbreak in the US has once again provoked discussion over vaccinations, and why some parents choose not to vaccinate their children despite the benefits of doing so. Whilst not the only factor, part […]

  • Apple
  • Apple and the environment

    Apple’s new solar farm and other environmental efforts: Apple’s been on a very impressive roll and I’m not talking about it’s ever evolving line of mobile devices and computers, but rather its continuing build-out of solar farms. In 2012 they completed their Maiden North Carolin data center with its own on-site solar power facility which […]

  • Science
  • A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science

    A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science: The vast majority of people will get their science news from online news site articles, and rarely delve into the research that the article is based on. Personally, I think it’s therefore important that people are capable of spotting bad scientific methods, or realising when articles are being […]

  • Science
  • Concerning the feelings of anti-vaxxers

    Robert Moore on the respect anti-vaxxers deserve A post about your feelings… So, I’ve been seeing a lot of ‘I’m sorry for hurting your feelings posts’ with regards to vaccines, and I thought I’d make it clear that I’m absolutely, in no way, at all, sorry for hurting any of your feelings if you’re anti […]

  • Physics
  • Particle Fever

    This is a fantastic movie. Imagine a documentary about particle physics that might bring you to tears. So beautiful. The movie documents the CERN particle collider and the search for the Higgs Boson. It illustrates the basic physics that are being studied even as it explores the humanity of some of the scientists that are […]

  • Facebook
  • A Guide to Leaving Facebook

    Over the past year I’ve been increasingly uncomfortable with Facebook and have finally decided to abandon it. It was Salim Virani’s article Get Your Loved Ones Off Facebook that finally sealed the deal. I’m not going to spend anytime reiterating what he has written. If you’re on Facebook you really should read it yourself. What […]