Science Game Shows Just How Hard It Is To Be Usain Bolt

We all do a bit of running, whether to a bus, to the shops, or away from an awkward encounter. But, have you ever thought about just how complicated the motion is? Well a game that has become all the rage on the internet will show you just how difficult it is. QWOP (named after the keys […]

Is Online Me The Real Me?

There are two moments that have inspired this post, the first was the launch of Google+, and the resultant birth of another on-line version of my persona. The second was further back but, it was a moment where I expected there to be some kind of confetti, and at the very least a fanfare of sorts, but […]

Podcast: Autotune the Abstract

As a science communication student I find myself constantly coming across new and different ways people try and get across scientific data and knowledge. It can range from typical things such as news articles and blog posts to knitted representations of science. Whilst some of the crazy ways people try and get out their research may […]

Robo-revolution

As computers have become more developed and intricate they have been given responsibility for many tasks that people used to carry out. However, how close are we to them taking over everything we do, resulting in a Hollywood-esque robotic revolution? Turing intelligence Scientists have been asking this question for a very long time. The famous […]

Fish Go GaGa For Ginger Gene

  There may be plenty of fish in the sea but the medaka knows what it likes. A single gene mutation that causes the Japanese Killifish to be born a drab grey colour has proved to be a turn-off to members of the opposite sex. By over-expressing the ‘ginger gene’ in the medaka ‘super attractive’ bright […]

Politicians Used ‘Psychic Engineering’ To Make A Baby Messiah

Everybody’s mother tells them they are special. Children are doted on by their parents and made to feel they are the most important people in the world. However, for one individual there was a little more this. Henry Coombe-Tennant, born in 1913 was ‘engineered’ by his parents to be a messiah in a bizzarre story […]

And the Oscar goes to…Science!?

Hollywood has never had a particularly good reputation for scientific accuracy. However, recently its science acumen has received a boost. It is currently the first time that the ‘reigning’ best actor and actress have been both been scientifically published. Colin Firth, has taken time out from swimming in country lakes and stuttering to co-author a […]

Reiki? Really?

In the foothills of Mount Kurama a man meditates. He has been there for 21 days. Suddenly, he has a revelation. From this quiet beginning in 1922 the practice of reiki was born. Since then, it has evolved and found itself keeping company with treatments such as homeopathy and acupuncture in modern complementary medicine. The […]

Behind the condition: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a debilitating condition affecting millions everyday. It is estimated that, in the UK, 2% of people aged between 18 and 56 suffer from some form of obsessive compulsive behaviour. Despite this widespread occurrence, however, there is much we do not know about the condition. Historically, OCD has been dismissed as having […]

Book Review: The Immortalisation Commission

John Gray, he of ‘Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus’ fame, has a new book out. It’s been out for two months here in the UK, but today the book get’s its US launch. Ben Good gives his thoughts on Gray’s most recent effort… Death and Taxes. Attempt to cheat one and you […]

Science Behind the Photo #3

This picture is of a family of penguins living on Magdelena Island, just off the coast of Southern Chile. The new members of a 65,000 strong colony, seen above, initially weigh 100g each. But, in this image they are approximately 6 weeks old and are beginning to leave the nest for short periods. After only 8 weeks they will […]

Giant Penguin Discovered in Peru

The dulcet tones of Morgan Freeman and the journey of the Emperor penguins warmed the hearts of millions following the release of March of the Penguins. However, the evolutionary trail of the species is equally as interesting. A new study, published in the journal Science, tells of the discovery of a ‘Giant Penguin’ fossil discovery with implications […]