Just a short post today. I came across this video of the strangest animal behaviour I’ve ever witnessed. The bear, named Claude, can be seen twisting and spinning a large stick with more precision and agility than your average sergeant major. Such complex tool use is rarely seen in the animal kingdom naturally, such as […]
8 months in the making, this simulation is the most detailed picture of how the Milky Way formed. For more information visit http://www.hpc-ch.org/blog/2011/08/25/first-realistic-simulation-of-the-formation-of-the-milky-way-computed-at-cscs/
Fact of the Day #2 Pigeons are smarter than most mathematicians. Well, they are if you look at one specific mathematical conundrum called the Monty Hall Problem. The name comes from the host of an American quiz show, who, at the end of each show, offered a contestant the chance to win a prize. The prize […]
Sound, as you probably know, is the result of pressure waves travelling through the air. As the pressure wave enters your ear, it causes the tympanic membrane to vibrate. This, simultaneously, causes your inner ear bones to dance around like a teenager at a rock concert. In turn, this moshing vibrates tiny hairs in your […]
The birth of a new life, for most of us, is a wonderful thing. For the newborn, it is the first glimpse of our bright, brave new world. What adventures have we set in store? What beauty will we see? A multitude of possibilities are ahead. For a baby giraffe, however, birth must be an […]
Ai is 35 years old and lives with her son, Ayumu. They both work together in a computer lab in Kyoto, Japan. Ai and Ayumu caused a riot in 2008 when they proved they could win at any standard (albeit math based) computer game. Using their faster-than-average ability to remember numbers in sequence they would […]
This amazing video by Mark Rigler demonstrates the beautiful complexity that exists throughout the natural world. Like a Bach fugue, patterns emerge and fade, interweave, and are exquisitely modified to form an endless variety of beautiful structures. The end result seems too complicated, too ordered, too apparently designed to have appeared by chance. But, like […]
It is quite fashionable these days to be seen to care for the environment. Celebrities, corporations, even the Conservative party are all keen to emphasise their green credentials. Most of the time, however, their efforts are all but tokenistic – perhaps taking a few less private jets a year. Their efforts are put to shame […]
I don’t have time to write a blog, and you probably don’t have time to read one, so instead here is a video of monkeys getting drunk. Enjoy.
Forget werewolves, vampires and George Osbornes. The scariest thing in the world isn’t out there waiting to get you, it’s inside you. It’s always ready – ready to pounce on its unsuspecting victims, to eat them in a single bite. Thankfully this monster is on our side – the humble white blood cell. The video […]
Part of a project for the Imperial College London MSc in Science Communication. Made by Polly Bennett, Katya-yani Vyas & Ben Good. With a lot of help from lots of lovely people!
The art of collaboration. Art Attack meets Science Communication in this boffins meet Buchanan epic work of art.
Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, resampled into an inspiring scientific message.
Scientists from Stanford Uni have recreated classic video games, navigated by controlling microscopic organisms.
In honour of Katie Tomlinsons fascinating article in I,Science on the science of drinking we thought we’d have some fun and test the effects of alcohol on Imperial College students cognitive abilities. We challenged them to answer some simple questions, watch the outcomes for yourselves…