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A Brave New World

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Introduction Ever since we came out of the trees and into the plains man has tried to predict the future, and even though our methods and predictions have changed, two features have remained invariably true; firstly it has been extremely difficult to do, and secondly the have usually been wrong. If you look over the […]

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Standard of Science Journalism

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This morning on the Today program there was an interesting piece on the quality of science journalism. For our non UK audience the Today program is breakfast news and comment show on BBC Radio 4. The piece was focused around the Minister for Science Lord Paul Drayson claim that there is a high standard of […]

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Pigeon outperforms internet (updated)

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In a brilliant example of old technology outdoing its replacement a homing pigeon successfully transferred 4GB of data faster than an ASDL internet connection. The experiment was done by an IT company in South Africa. Employees flew the pigeon between their offices 60 miles apart while simultaneously sending the data over the internet. The pigeon […]

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Should we go back to the Moon?

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With the celebrations of the Apollo Moon landings in recent days many people have been discussing the future of manned space travel. I am far to young to have witnessed the Moon landings myself, but everybody I speak to about it talks of the excitement of seeing those grainy pictures of men walking on the […]

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What’s the point of learning this?

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One of the things I often asked when I was at school was “When will we ever use this?” It was a regular problem for our teachers that often the abstract science and maths we learnt would have little use outside the classroom. However some of it is useful and here I present a case […]