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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...

Inventor Extraordinaire: Nikola Tesla Quotes

Contrary to popular opinion, it was Tesla who first produced the alternating current, radio waves, x-rays, radar, hydroelectric power, transistors, and so much more. Due to his apparent lack of commercial sense…

Atoms 101: Electrons, Protons, Neutrons and Orbits

The ancient Greeks were not nearly as stupid as they looked, despite draping themselves in bed sheets for every occasion. It was a philosopher called Leucippus in the 5th century BC who proposed the idea of the atom, named for atomos which means...

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: the long-beardy chap who created the theory of evolution by natural selection. Remarkably, his younger and equally full-bearded counterpart, Alfred Russel Wallace, came up with a strikingly similar idea independently. Together, they...

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 may think you know how old you are. But I'm about to tell you that you're wrong. You're wrong. There, see? I told you. The reality is, there are a few different biological and cultural ways to measure how long you've been farting around on Earth. Your...

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 devised by Erwin Schrodinger to illustrate his objection to quantum uncertainty. There's a 50/50 chance the cat's...

Humans Are Made of Meat

Humans Are Made of Meat

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True Knowledge

True Knowledge

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Parp Dinosaur

Parp Jokes

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Dispose Waste Responsibly

Dispose waste responsibly

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Knowns and Unknowns

Knowns and Unknowns

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Alien Invasion

Alien Invasion

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Tachyon! Who's there? Knock knock...

Tachyon Speed

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Naturists vs Naturalists

The Origin of Naturalists

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You Have a Lot of Questions…

…spoken like a true time traveller. Allow me to further your unease.

Where am I?
You’re at Science Me, a cartoon blog established all the way back in 2016. Can you remember that far back? I can’t.

What year is it?
The year is 2017. If, like me, you were born in the 1980s, the present feels very futuristic. When I was a child, the year 2017 belonged to the realm of science fiction. I literally can’t believe I’m still alive this far into the future. In the space of my living memory science has invented video calling, stopwatches* and hoverboards. It’s very Back to The Future.

*Stopwatches were actually invented in the 18th century. Yay for Georgian science.

Who’s the president?
I really am uncomfortable with that question.

Where are my clothes?
Again, my discomfort is palpable. (I’m British. I don’t cope well with nudity.)

Can we start from the beginning? You’re confusing me by assuming I’m a time traveller from the future. Also, you’re holding both sides of the conversation.
My apologies. I am feeling rather excitable today.

Science Me is a place to learn about the hows and whys of the universe. My passion is evolutionary biology, but for the sake of balance I’ll drift into wet science, dry science, sticky science, and silly science. Some of those terms I just made up. Don’t expect me to make this easy for you.

I’m a 30-something female (so switch the voice in your head). I love animals, oxygen, critical thinking, silliness, and science. I have worked in stock markets, journalism, and blogging, and am now a BSc student in Auckland, New Zealand, where I’ve lived for 10 years.

I update Science Me whenever I have downtime and something really interesting to share. If you enjoy it, please (go on…) introduce it to your friends via any medium you see fit. Do it now, before you forget. Hurry – while stocks last!

 

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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?

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