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The truth about gaming October 7, 2008

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So very very true…. My favourite is Desktop Tower Defense. What’s yours?

Wednesday silliness: Science at work October 1, 2008

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It’s physics people. Serious stuff.

APOD: Another science myth bites the dust September 21, 2008

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I didn’t even know about this myth – but apparently some people believe that the equinoxes are the only day of the year when you can balance eggs on their ends (riiiight).

Twice a year the path of the Sun crosses the Earth’s equator, making night and day precisely the same length. Most people know these days as the start of springtime (the vernal equinox) and the start of autumn (the autumnal equinox). Of course the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere is the autumnal equinox in the South, and so on. The northern automnal equinox takes place tomorrow!

Anyway so today’s APOD shows photographic evidence that this is not the case, courtesy of mr. Bad Astronomer Phil Plait, who managed the extraordinary feat in late October back in 1998.

Oh look, he even posted a little video with instructions on how to repeat the experiment with your own equipment. In that case, I’ll excuse him the sloppiness of the original experiment in showing no evidence of the date the photo was taken.

Clap clap.

Olympics snippets August 25, 2008

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I missed a lot of the Olympics while I was on holiday but I really enjoyed what I saw. Special congratulations go to some of the Belgians who did brilliantly, in particular Tia Hellebaut, who won gold on the high jump, and the women’s 4x100m relay team (Olivia Borlée, Hannah Mariën, Elodie Ouedraogo and Kim Gevaert) who got silver. Hellebaut won the first ever female athletics gold for Belgium, yay!

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MarsPhoenix II: Cat on Mars? August 1, 2008

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So while I was browsing the MarsPhoenix webpages for my next post I was very intrigued by the link to the Steve the Cat pages. some items on the page include:

  • pictures of Steve the Cat photoshopped inside a space suit
  • pictures of Steve the Cat in Mission control
  • Steve the Cat looking through the window on board MarsPhoenix, thinking of planting asparagus on Mars

A quote:

Steve the Cat is a normal cat in many respects – he loves to eat, sleep, and chase his toy mouse.  But beneath his calm, cool exterior lurks the wild soul of a frisky feline determined to redefine the cat world with his out-of-this-world perspectives on life, the Universe, and our place in it.  Steve may very well be the next evolutionary step in house cats – Felis Beyondus.

Is this what the success of I Can Haz Cheeseburger has done to us? As a bit of a cat-lover I find the site very entertaining. But is this what we’re doing to get people interested in science now?!

Ah what the heck, I give in… It’s a cat! In a spacesuit!

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