What do you believe in strongly enough that you'll take to the streets to defend it? Turns out that science is one of those things for me.
Hot water myths
Here in Britain, most sinks have two taps. Turn one and you get hot water, turn the other and you get cold. It's barbaric.
Here's a website I love: http://tolweb.org/. It's the Tree of Life, scientifically accurate and properly referenced.
Here's a question I've been thinking about recently: Why does explaining improve some things and ruin others?
Why care about exoplanets?
Nasa made a big announcement last week: seven Earth-sized planets orbit a star 40 light-years away and 3 of them are in the planet's habitable zone. Why should we care?
A million-year-old mystery
There is a tool that has been around for over million years, that archaeologists keep finding in caves, ditches, wells, and prehistoric settlements. They're older and more ubiquitous than wheels, than pottery, than pretty much anything else. They're everywhere, but nobody can agree what they're for. I'm talking about... hand axes. You know, hand axes: You've …
We’re bracing for impact
66 million years ago, an object the size of Mount Everest crashed down into the sea near modern-day Mexico and radically changed the world. It sent a cloud of dust and molten rock into the air that blocked out the sun, which killed loads of plants, which big herbivores like Triceratops needed, which large carnivores like T. Rex …
I touched a rhinoceros yesterday; it was pretty awesome. He was big, warm, rough, and surprisingly docile.
I’ve been doing it wrong
To rinse or not to rinse. That is the question. Or, more fully, when you brush your teeth, do you rinse the excess toothpaste out of your mouth with water?
Space is Big
I didn't grow up by the sea, so every time I'm faced with an ocean, I get a true sense of awe. The sheer magnitude of the thing in front of me leaves me speechless. I look out and it's just water, as far as the eye can see. On a clear day, the horizon for …