Science Behind the Photo #43

Taken from Issue 21. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this photo was an intricate model of a train set – but you would be mistaken. It is, in fact, a photograph of a life-sized DART train in Dublin, combined with some post-production magic to fool us into thinking it is tiny. This effect, known […]

Podcast: Alan Turing’s Centenary

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing’s birth and there are events happening across the UK to celebrate Turing’s contributions to computer science as we know it today. However, not that many people seem to realise the influence Turing’s work continues to have and the stuggles he faced. I went along to Kinetica […]

Three, Two, One: Activate

I’ll be the first to admit that I thought this was a tiny robot dance-off at first, but it’s actually the ROBO-ONE Championship – a humanoid-robot fighting competition that saw its tenth anniversary this year in Japan. The video shows the red-armed GAROO fighting off Gargoyle Mini to take the crown for a second year […]

Science Behind the Photo #38

Taken from Issue 20. For nearly as long as we have been creating objects of value, we have been developing ways to keep them safe. Being a relatively untrusting species has meant that we have invested a significant amount of time developing security measures to keep our belongings out of the hands of other people. […]

Podcast: Kinetica Art Fair

Today I had the chance to go along to the preview of this year’s Kinetica Art Fair. I really can’t recommend it enough, it’s an absolute wonderland of art inspired by science and technology – I could have happily wandered around all day playing with the various installations. Have a listen to the podcast to […]

Let’s Get Three-Dimensional

This year at CES, through the swathes of Android phones and tablets, Macbook Air clones or ‘ultrabooks’ as they’ve now been dubbed, 3D reared its head once again. However, this year it was less about 3D TVs (thankfully) and more about 3D printing with the release of MakerBot’s new generation of 3D printers – the […]

Science Behind the Photo #36

In issue 19 of I, Science, “Unexplored Worlds”, we feature the work of x-ray artist Hugh Turvey. The full interview with Hugh is published here. PL: What drew you to pursue x-ray as a medium for your artwork? HT: I trained as a photographer and I love film and in 1996 I started experimenting with […]

Tiny Robots

Apologies, I do realise that the title of this blog kind of implies I wouldn’t be mentioning tiny robots but I figured that by breaking the rules right from the start, at least it can only get better – right? Somehow, there always seems to be an overriding fear that we’re going to be overrun […]

Science Behind the Photo #32

Seven-Spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) The seven-spot ladybird is one of Britain’s most common beetles, easily recognisable by its distinctive markings. As its name would suggest, this ladybird has seven black spots – three on each side of the red elytra (the hardened forewing that protects the hindwings used for flying) and one split across the […]