In less than a week, Disney will release first Star Wars movie in my lifetime that WON’T be a disappointment. At least, that’s what I desperately want to believe. But what if I’m wrong ? What if the Force Awakens doesn’t live up to our expectations ?
If you’re in London, this weekend is your last chance to see Neil Armstrongs Underwear. The Wellcome Trust History of Medicine exhibit is closing down on Monday, and one of it’s best kept secrets is going with it.
All you need is a focusing optic, a high powered laser and a lot of balls. In thunderstorms, electrical discharge causes air to turn into plasma. But you can also use light to turn air into plasma, as demonstrated in this video.
Hi, welcome to my AMA . I have a PhD in Infectious diseases, worked with GM bacteria, the flesh-eating disease, vaccines, and accidentally made a vagina glow in the dark. Ask me about Infectious diseases, or Peer Review.
There are many flaws in our current system Peer Review. Going by my previous articles, you may think that it’s dying. But it’s not over yet. Smart people have been working on ways to fix Peer Review.
At 8.30 am on the morning of May 28th 2015, Lars Wilson had settled down on the beach after catching the early morning waves He was the first to notice them, but he did not entirely believe what he saw.
I meet Orlo Stent in the ruins of the Ministry of Magic, at his insistence. “This is where we lost the war” he insists. He’s a gruff old man now, but beneath surface you can still see the shadow of the legendary Auror he once was. He wears his old combat robe and medals with pride. He hobbles on a cane, which he jabs…
Everyone was pretty amazed when God descended from the heavens adorned in fur-trimmed silk robes, slicked back hair and Versace sunglasses. He was the coolest guy ever. One hand would hold an expensive cigar while the other would conjure the greatest wonders.
Last week we saw how bad studies can get published when scientists commit fraud. Today, we see how Peer Review can allow erroneous studies to be published, and why people have been saying that Peer Review is broken.
Last time, we left the story with Peer Review reigning triumphant. Did the king truly deserve his crown ? Can a magic marker pen, a kidney and a gmail account help you cheat Peer Review ?
This is the first of a multi-part series on Peer Review. We’re starting right at the beginning, delving into its very origins, and finding out how it came to truly dominate the scientific discourse.
There are many reasons a Peer reviewer can choose to reject a paper. Bad methodology, poorly presented experiments, poor communication. But rejecting a paper because you don’t think the authors are the right gender ? That’s a new one for me.
We in the UK are lucky enough Age of Ultron earlier than in the states. It’s really good, you should see it. Don’t click this link unless you’ve seen it. Here are my first impressions
I was recently challenged to write a science piece about “Air Bud”. A nearly impossible task, you may think. You’d be right, nearly impossible. But when watching it for the first time today, I discovered a message at this movies heart that’s far more interesting than “Can a Dog play Basketball?”
This week, researchers announced the discovery of a brand new Herpes vaccine. But as with any great break through, we should ask whether it really is worth throwing a parade for ?
Wow, aren't Pandas useless creatures ? They can barely survive in their natural habitat, on a barely nutritious food source, and can barely breed. So why not let them go extinct ? Because those statements are only true if you assume their natural habitat is in a Zoo.
The news has been abuzz with excitement over Teixobactin, the first brand new antibiotic that has been discovered in decades. What's the truth behind the breathless headlines ? What should we really be excited about ?
Inspired by tumblrs innovative re-purposing of Doctor Who quotes as pick up lines, I feel the need to present a counterpoint. Every unhappy relationship is unique, and Star Wars has you covered for a number of scenarios in which a relationship needs to be flushed as quickly and as brutally as possible. Let's be…