Category Archives: Science

Fiendishly Clever Mechanical Computers

This 1950s US Navy training film explaining how simple mechanisms can by used to perform mathematical functions. I particularly liked the tangent cams and barrel cams.

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Giles Fraser at Westminster Skeptics

via Google+ Thoughts on Dr Giles Fraser at Westminster Skeptics: http://westminster.skepticsinthepub.org/Event.aspx/1099/Being-suspicious-about-the-Skeptics He is a great speaker. It’s easy to see why he rose to the position of Canon of St Pauls. His talk was roughly based around the idea that … Continue reading

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Health, Evidence and Economics

I was going to write a post about Fukushima today, but instead I ended up having a discussion about Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) and it’s intersection with free-market economics. This was precipated by Anne-Marie Cunningham sharing a couple of papers … Continue reading

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Intelligence² Nuclear Debate – It’s Got To Be Nuclear

I attended the recent Intelligence² debate – It’s Got To Be Nuclear – held at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington. You can listen to the full audio of the debate and subsequent Q&A session at the link above. The … Continue reading

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Intelligence² Debate – It’s Got To Be Nuclear – Initial Thoughts

I’ve just got back from the debate held by Intelligence² at the Royal Geographical Society in South Kensington. The motion was simply – It’s got to be nuclear – although both sides agreed that the pro-nuclear camp were clear that … Continue reading

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A Little Piece Of History

I received the item below in the post this week. And it has made me super happy. The reason that the arrival of this unassuming chunk of grey material made me so gleeful is its history. I’m a bit of … Continue reading

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TAM London Day One

The Amazing Meeting London (TAMLondon) kicked off today. My day started off at the back of a queue outside the Mermaid Theater in Blackfriars. Things started off badly for me as I spent most of my queuing time on my … Continue reading

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Gattaca Here We Come

Capable of sequencing a billion base pairs per day this video from Helicos Biosciences shows the coolest piece of technology I’ve seen in a long while. Just for comparison here is a description of the dominant Sanger sequencing method, which … Continue reading

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CHaNT

Cardiff’s new half-metre telescope is now operational. It’s even on twitter. And while we are talking telescopes; SETI’s new radio telescopes just made first light.

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The Wait for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence

Poster from the WETI institute. Hilarious, yet educational. Musings on the .Astronomy conference will follow later.

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