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 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?
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?
8 Months Later
It's been a while, dear readers. 8 months to be more precise. And boy have those 8 months been packed to the brim with science. Unfortunately they haven't been too packed with writing, but I find that with a job in science communication, I rarely have the energy or time to do extra-curricular writing and …
CHRISTMAS LECTURES Assistantship
Hello dear readers, I know it's been pretty silent here since I finished my epic 26 weeks of blogging. While I've let a bit of dust settle onto this blog, that doesn't mean I've been idle. I've been hard at work at the Royal Institution of Great Britain helping to create this year's CHRISTMAS LECTURES. I did …
Your Questions: Answered – Cameras
Please explain how cameras work, like from old fashion camera’s to the modern digital ones we use today. It blows my mind! - Kristoffer Stewart A camera, at its most fundamental, is a device that captures and stores images. Cameras have evolved a lot over the years and when you stop to think about what …
Your Questions: Answered – Spicy Foods
My question is about taste: why can some people tolerate chilli and some not? Chilli tolerance seems to improve when you eat more, but what’s happening in your mouth and brain? - Andrew Beale The perception of taste is much more complicated than most people assume at first. When you bite into an apple, for …