Looking at mountains from a bird’s point of view

Emma Brown finds that mountains may not be the shapes we thought they were – when considering wildlife habitat – and this may be good news

The Web Lab

Tucked away downstairs in the Science Museum, Chrome Web Lab, an interactive series of exhibits by Google, is a hands-on exposition of the inner workings of the Internet, consisting of five interactive experiments that focus on different aspects of the World Wide Web. Upon arrival, visitors are presented with a personal Lab Tag, while the […]

Bulging with data

A map of the Milky Ways’s entire central bulge, displaying 84 million stars, has been created. The central bulge formed early on in our galaxy’s life, and so understanding what goes on in there could help astronomers learn more about how galaxies get to be the way they are. The bulge contains huge numbers of […]

Reviewed: UK Conference of Science Journalists

UK Conference of Science Journalists 25 June 2012 The Royal Society, London “I think every writer, every journalist, every scholar, should tell you where he’s coming from before he tells you what he knows.” This is how Jay Rosen, associate professor of journalism at NYU, began his keynote speech. He went on to detail what […]

50 Years of the Internet

Map of scientific collaborations Guest contributor Julie Gould celebrates the Internet’s Golden Jubilee. There have been significant leaps in our understanding of science and technology in the last fifty years. Some have radically changed our world, such as our sending a man into space and the silicon chip. However, one tool above all has become […]

Secret Scientist: Mark Mann

Technologist at BBC R&D The BBC R&D Department is the core of the corporation’s effort to be at the cutting edge of media technology, and drives the exploration of exciting new tools for the production and distribution of programming. In his role as a technologist, Mark Mann has drawn on scientific expertise in developing innovative […]

Science Behind the Photo #34

Moon Bouncing Taken in 2008, this pair of telecommunications masts in downtown Atlanta, USA carry a mix of phone, TV and radio relay dishes. Telecommunication towers have been around since the early 1900s. It was Nikola Tesla, in the 1890s, who first proposed that radio waves might be used for the communication of information. The […]

Light Conversation

Harald Haas and his team from the University of Edinburgh have invented what he calls “speaking light”. In a TED talk on 15 July, Haas demonstrated the wireless transmission of HD video via a rapidly blinking desk lamp. The trick involves quickly modulating the intensity of “high-brightness” LEDs, allowing binary-encoded data to be sent to […]

A PC in Every Home and Wi-Fi in Every Window

When nobody’s fussing about Wi-Fi in schools and when there’s a lull between reports on the injurious effects of mobile phones I suspect few of us give much thought to the fizzing ocean of radio waves crashing over us silently, invisibly, continuously, ceaselessly. We take it for granted that the phone in our hand can […]