Bug-girl and her itchy bites

On Saturday night I got my first bug-bites of the summer – this is quite a miracle. No, not that I got bitten – more the fact that I hadn’t been bitten yet this summer. I am one of those people who seems to attract every mosquito within a mile radius, and is usually being […]

Science sans frontières

So, what is the demarcation between concepts that seem crazy now but might berealised eventually, and things that are forever impossible? Are there limits to how much we can ever predict? Are there scientific problems that will forever baffle us – phenomena that simply transcend human understanding? – Lord Martin Rees, From Here to Infinity, […]

Metropolitan metrics

How would you describe a city? A unique maze of people-lined streets? A series of districts linked through things which make up your life; that coffee shop you like, that bar that serves the best margarita, and home? However you describe it, you probably don’t think there’s anything similar, or even scientific, linking all the […]

Lost Land of the Tiger

This was a particular highlight from this year’s TV programming, and my personal favourite of 2010. In a new adventuring style of format from the BBC’s Natural History Unit, a unique team of experts ventured into the vastly diverse landscapes of Bhutan. They crept through undergrowth, clambered over the Himalayan mountains and swept down rivers […]