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There are 19 posts tagged: "science"

Dietary habits of the twig children
3 May 2022

BBC Future does science. Except, it doesn't really.

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I'm sarcastic, therefore I'm brainy
12 January 2022

According to David Robson, writing for BBC Family Tree, a teenager's sarcasm reflects their intellect. Fortunately for me, my sarcastic teen, Emily, doesn't read the BBC online.

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D1 R6 D1 S6
26 October 2021

In an otherwise dull and TLDR article, on the discovery of a planet candidate outside our own galaxy, one thing struck me. The name of one of the researchers, Dr Rosanne Di Stefano, is remarkable for its periodicity: D1 R6 D1 S6.

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Safe cigs
7 October 2021

VELO is a brand of nicotine pouches from Scandinavia. They're designed to be placed in the mouth, for that rush that you so crave. And, like condoms, they come in a range of different flavours, which is nice, I guess.

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Wish upon a star
30 June 2021

News that two collisions between a neutron star and a black hole have been recorded within ten days of each other, is accompanied by an artist's impression of what such an event might look like.

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Q: When is an SJW not an SJW?
25 July 2020

A: When they're virtual signalling.

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The times they are a'changin'
19 July 2020

David Shukman, the BBC's science editor, asks whether climate change could mean that Summers could become too hot for humans. Except that he doesn't, really.

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It's a gas
16 July 2020

We all recognise the dangers of global warming and climate change. Or, at least, those of us who're not Donald Trump.

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Hawking to appear at Glastonbury
13 May 2015

Prof. Stephen Hawking is to appear at this year's Glastonbury festival, as the result of a booking error. They thought they were getting Hawkwind.

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Just a sec'!
10 July 2013

Historically, mankind measured time by the passing of the days. But the length of a day varies as the Earth wobbles on its axis. Eventually, in the 1960s, atomic clocks were developed that were stable enough to depend upon, and accurate enough to lose one second only every 100 million years. These clocks are the basis for defining a second and international time co-ordination.

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An artist's view
23 February 2013

Astronomers have discovered the smallest planet as yet identified beyond our solar system.

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I'm too young to die!
9 November 2012

In 2010, President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan set researchers the task of discovering an elixir that could prolong his life. Two years later, they came up with a bio-yoghurt that they claim will do just that.

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But it's not very pretty, is it?
22 November 2011

Researchers have discovered the first orchid to flower exclusively at night. Why it does this appears to be a puzzle for them, but the reason is obvious: it realises it's ugly and doesn't want to be seen in daylight.

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It was never like that in my day
4 March 2011

…my college days, that is.

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Science fiction* becomes science FACT!
4 November 2010

Okay, not quite, but Harry Potter's invisibility cloak comes a little closer to the realm of us mere muggles—or whateverthefuck non-witches were called.

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Look where you're going!
2 November 2010

…oft said, oft ignored. But in the case of birds, it could be fatal. Critical research from the Bonkers Institute (Birmingham Campus) shows that certain birds crash into power lines because they're looking down and their field of vision is too restricted to see what's in front of them.

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Life on Mars, or elsewhere!
30 March 2010

And now Prof. Bonkers and colleagues from the Cassini space mission have demonstrated that the man in the moon is actually PacMan! Although in this case the moon in question is Mimas, one of those orbiting Saturn.

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Life on Mars, or elsewhere?
25 January 2010

Lord Rees, the Astronomer Royal, claims that the discovery of life out there [points at stars] would be a moment which would change humanity.

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Accurate estimate
10 March 2005

Reading a report on the measurement of vapour pressure, I came across this snippet which amused me greatly:

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