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Undefined, Defined

Enter any number into a calculator and divide it by zero. What do you get? UNDEFINED. What in the name of Turing’s testicles does your calculator mean by undefined?

Classical Conditioning is Power

This is my friend Sutton, who volunteered for a harmless experiment in classical conditioning. Let’s start by poking him in the eye.

The Science of BroScience

"Do you even lift, bro?" This is the mating call in BroScience: those who measure their self-worth by the amount of weight they can lift. While there's nothing objectively wrong with gaining validation from physical strength, the dogma of BroScience can be...

Nikola Tesla Quotes

As the man who invented the 20th century, Nikola Tesla gave us alternating current, radio waves, x-rays, radar, hydroelectricity and transistors. Top chap.

Atoms 101: Chemistry Basics

The Ancient Greeks gave us the first concept of atoms, and so were not nearly as stupid as they looked, despite draping themselves in bed sheets.

Curtuteria Australis: Profile of a Body-Snatching Parasite

This is the true story of a parasitic flatworm called Curtuteria australis. This mysterious body-snatching organism lives within multiple hosts during its life-cycle. Curtuteria australis, or Curt because it's easier to write, doesn't have an easy life....

This Is a Bee

Sometimes you just have to draw a loosely scientific diagram of a bee and publish it on the internet without any questions being asked, ok? <a href="#" rel="nofollow" class="et_social_open_all"...

Nanomedicine: A Tiny Robot Invasion for Good

Nanomedicine is coming for you. In a good way. Industrial nanotechnology has already been around for a good few years: think self-cleaning paints, water-repellent clothes, glass coatings, engine lubricants, UV protection. In fact, the tiny, invisible world...

How to Spot a Hermaphrodite Lobster

It's actually easier than you think. Instead of poking around its sex organs like a lonely fisherman, look for the half-orange, half-black colouring, also known as the split-coloured lobster. Said to occur at a rate of 1-in-50 million, the two-tone...

Charles Darwin Quotes

Charles Darwin was a heavily bearded chap who published the theory of evolution by natural selection. Turns out he had a good few philosophical views too.

Albert Einstein Quotes

As you very well know, Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. On Einstein's 72nd birthday on 14 March, 1951, photographer Arthur Sasse was trying to...

Who Built Stonehenge and Why?

Britain is full of ancient monuments. We practically trip over them on our morning stroll to the haberdashers. Medieval castles, Roman baths, Megalithic villages, giant hill figures: the landscape is littered with historic monuments, the most famous of...

How Old Do You Think You Are?

You think you know how old you are, but there are many different biological and cultural ways to measure how long you’ve been farting around on Earth.

What is Schrodinger’s Cat? And Can I Pet Him?

Don't be a silly sausage, you can't pet Schrodinger's Cat because he isn't real. He's a hypothetical cat in an 80-year-old thought experiment. He was created by Erwin Schrodinger in an attempt to illustrate his objection to quantum uncertainty. But the...

Why Science?

Science comes from the Latin word scientia, which means knowledge. It’s mankind’s best attempt at attaining objective truth about our universe, through systematic observation and experimentation. Science is distinct from art, philosophy or religion because science is built on empiricism (the view that truth comes from direct experience), testability (that incorrect theories can be falsified), parsimony (that simple interpretations are more likely) and determinism (that the universe is bound by cause and effect). Our modern world – with its satellites and submarines, 3D printers and particle colliders, angiograms and augmented reality – provides spectacular proof of the scientific framework, which now takes an astonishing and growing number of forms.

 

Types of Science

 

“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”

~ Carl Sagan, Astrophysicist and author of Cosmos

 

So… why science? It is a method of exploring reality: something the five-year-old does when he examines a worm in the dirt, or wades through rock pools looking for crabs, or spins around in the living room to make himself dizzy. Science shows us how to cast off our habitual, top-down assumptions about the world. It provokes a questioning approach, a chance to play with our reality in ways we haven’t done since we were children learning about the world for the first time. Science invites us to rediscover our passion for learning new things every single day. Best of all, the scope is as wide as the unknown universe.

 

“Science is different to all the other systems of thought… because you don’t need faith in it, you can check that it works.”

Brian Cox, Particle Physicist and author of Why Does E=MC2? (And Why Should We Care?)

 

 

Undefined, Defined

Enter any number into a calculator and divide it by zero. What do you get? UNDEFINED. What in the name of Turing’s testicles does your calculator mean by undefined?

read more

The Science of BroScience

"Do you even lift, bro?" This is the mating call in BroScience: those who measure their self-worth by the amount of weight they can lift. While there's nothing objectively wrong with gaining validation from physical strength, the dogma of BroScience can be...

read more

Nikola Tesla Quotes

As the man who invented the 20th century, Nikola Tesla gave us alternating current, radio waves, x-rays, radar, hydroelectricity and transistors. Top chap.

read more

Atoms 101: Chemistry Basics

The Ancient Greeks gave us the first concept of atoms, and so were not nearly as stupid as they looked, despite draping themselves in bed sheets.

read more

Life is Better with a Good Book

 

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