Category Archives: Science

The future

The future is an interesting place. If you’re anything like me you’ll have sat and wondered what it might hold: not in the small terms of the next few years, but on a cosmic scale of millions of years. Well, I got the image below emailed to me the other day and I think its […]

Flooding

I’m sure no one on the right side of the pond can have missed the stories of flooding and misery that have been in the headlines for the past few weeks. Just before the main holiday season, thousands of homes and businesses have been swept away by flood waters which have left a trail of […]

Climate change in 12 minutes

Horses’ arses

Anyone ever really stopped and wondered about railroad tracks? They’re very interesting things. The standard railroad gauge (the distance between the two tracks) in the USA is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. A somewhat arbitrary number, if you stop and think about it. Why was that number used? The answer is simple: because that’s the way […]

Good riddance, says Voyager 1

VOYAGER 1 has expressed relief at being rid of the human race, as it leaves our solar system. The widely-travelled NASA probe was launched 36 years ago to examine outer planets but soon became embarrassed about its origins. Voyager 1 said: “No offence, but Earth is like the Swindon of the universe. It’s a mathematical […]

Space Oddity

I’m sure everyone must have heard it by now, but before returning to Earth from the International Space Station, Commander Chris Hadfield recorded a cover version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity. Quite a haunting song at the best of times, but given a new dimension given where it was recorded. In entirely unrelated news, a […]

Cold fusion

For those that don’t know, cold fusion is a form of nuclear fusion which takes place at or near room temperature. Long thought to be impossible, purely because nuclear fusion relies on high temperatures and high pressures – which in turn create high temperatures – and because all working examples of nuclear fusion, namely stars, […]

The physics of warp travel

To quote Douglas Adams inHitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, space is big. The nearest celestial object to Earth is the moon, and that is 383,400 KM away from us. It takes light just over 1 second to travel from the lunar surface to the Earth’s surface. When you look up at the sky and see […]

Funding X-COM

For those that don’t know, X-COM is a series of games and associated media set in an alternate present-day Earth and deals with the workings of a multi-national agency with the specified aim of defending Earth and Humanity against alien aggressors. It might sound like an odd thing to be wondering, but should we – […]

Voyager to the final frontier

This is the tale of the two most intrepid explorers in our planet’s history. This is the Voyager story.